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9:54 am
Wed January 27, 2010

Winter Storm Warning

Tulsa, OK – ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO NOON CST
FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO NOON CST FRIDAY...

FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...
* IN OKLAHOMA...CHEROKEE...ADAIR...CREEK...OKFUSKEE...OKMULGEE...
WAGONER...TULSA...ROGERS...MAYES...DELAWARE...PAWNEE...OTTAWA...
WASHINGTON...OSAGE...CRAIG...NOWATA...MCINTOSH AND MUSKOGEE.

IN ARKANSAS...WASHINGTON...MADISON...BENTON AND CARROLL.

* THIS REPLACES THE WINTER STORM WATCH THAT WAS IN EFFECT.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...
* A MIXTURE OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL SPREAD ACROSS
NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA AND FAR NORTHWEST ARKANSAS AFTER SUNRISE
THURSDAY. THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED SOUTH OF
INTERSTATE 44 WITH SLEET MORE COMMON FURTHER NORTH TOWARD THE
KANSAS BORDER. THE PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME HEAVY LATE
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...WITH THE SLEET
TURNING TO HEAVY SNOW ESPECIALLY NORTHWEST OF INTERSTATE 44.
ALL LOCATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO TRANSITION TO SNOW AFTER SUNRISE
FRIDAY WITH THE RISK OF ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS ENDING BY
FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* DANGEROUS ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE HALF TO ONE INCH ARE LIKELY
ALONG A CORRIDOR FROM OKEMAH TO FAYETTEVILLE...WITH ICE AMOUNTS
TAPERING OFF FURTHER NORTH. NORTH OF THE FREEZING RAIN
CORRIDOR...SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 4 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
WHICH WOULD IMPACT MUCH OF THE INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR. THE
HEAVIEST SNOWS WILL BE FURTHER NORTH TOWARD THE KANSAS
BORDER...WHERE 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE WITH LOCALLY HIGHER
AMOUNTS. FAR NORTHWEST ARKANSAS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE ALL
PRECIPITATION TYPES GIVEN THE GREATER TERRAIN INFLUENCES.

IMPACTS...
* TRAVEL WILL BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. POWER OUTAGES
ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE CORRIDOR OF HEAVIEST ICING. FURTHER
NORTH...POWER OUTAGES WILL BE POSSIBLE AS GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS
IMPACT ICE COVERED POWER LINES. THE POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR POWER
OUTAGES OF ONE TO FIVE DAYS...WITH MORE RURAL AREAS POSSIBLY
WITHOUT POWER FOR OVER A WEEK.

DEFINITION...
* A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER IS
EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
* BE PREPARED FOR POWER OUTAGES WHICH MAY LAST SEVERAL DAYS. DO
NOT TOUCH DOWNED LINES AND REPORT ANY POWER OUTAGES TO YOUR
ELECTRIC COMPANY.

* DELAY TRAVEL AND STAY HOME IF POSSIBLE UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE.

* STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...COMMERCIAL RADIO OR
TELEVISION FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS WEATHER
EVENT. ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT:
WEATHER.GOV/TULSA.