Local & Regional
5:07 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Winter Storm Warning for Tulsa

Pink is the warned area. Blue region is included in a watch
Pink is the warned area. Blue region is included in a watch
Credit NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for much of eastern Oklahoma. The WARNING includes all of Tulsa County. Below you will find the text, as issued, by the Weather Service Office in Tulsa:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
626 AM CST MON DEC 24 2012

...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM TO IMPACT MUCH OF THE AREA CHRISTMAS
DAY INTO CHRISTMAS NIGHT...

.A POTENT UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA CHRISTMAS
DAY INTO CHRISTMAS NIGHT WITH SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL OVER PARTS OF
EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS.

ARZ002-010-011-019-020-029-OKZ060-064>076-242000-
/O.CON.KTSA.WS.W.0002.121225T1800Z-121226T0600Z/
CARROLL-WASHINGTON AR-MADISON-CRAWFORD-FRANKLIN-SEBASTIAN-TULSA-
CREEK-OKFUSKEE-OKMULGEE-WAGONER-CHEROKEE-ADAIR-MUSKOGEE-MCINTOSH-
SEQUOYAH-PITTSBURG-HASKELL-LATIMER-LE FLORE-
626 AM CST MON DEC 24 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TUESDAY TO
MIDNIGHT CST TUESDAY NIGHT...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT...

FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...
* IN OKLAHOMA...CHEROKEE...ADAIR...CREEK...OKFUSKEE...OKMULGEE...
WAGONER...TULSA...PITTSBURG...SEQUOYAH...MCINTOSH...MUSKOGEE...
LE FLORE...LATIMER AND HASKELL. IN ARKANSAS...WASHINGTON...
MADISON...CRAWFORD...SEBASTIAN... CARROLL AND FRANKLIN.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...
* PRECIPITATION WILL INITIALLY BEGIN AS RAIN...QUICKLY MIXING
WITH SLEET ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA CHRISTMAS
MORNING BEFORE TRANSITIONING TO SNOW BY LATE MORNING. THE MIXED
PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY TRANSITION TO SNOW BY MID TO LATE
AFTERNOON ACROSS NORTHWEST ARKANSAS. THE SNOW WILL GRADUALLY
END FROM WEST TO EAST CHRISTMAS NIGHT.

* SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION IS
LIKELY CHRISTMAS DAY INTO CHRISTMAS NIGHT WITH LOCALLY HIGHER
AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. WIND CHILLS WILL FALL TO NEAR ZERO BY
WEDNESDAY MORNING ACROSS NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA.

IMPACTS...
* ROADS WILL LIKELY BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS MAKING TRAVEL
DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO CLOSED ROADS. POWER OUTAGES MAY
OCCUR IN SOME AREAS. GUSTY NORTH WINDS WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES
WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
* PERSONS SHOULD PLAN ON TRAVEL DELAYS DUE TO SLICK SNOW PACKED
ROADS. SOME ROADS COULD BECOME IMPASSABLE OR CLOSED. PERSONS
SHOULD CONSIDER TRAVELING TODAY OR TONIGHT...IF POSSIBLE...AHEAD
OF THE WINTER STORM.

* IF TRAVEL IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY...CONSIDER TAKING A WINTER
STORM KIT ALONG WITH YOU...INCLUDING SUCH ITEMS AS TIRE CHAINS
...BOOSTER CABLES...FLASHLIGHT...SHOVEL...BLANKETS AND EXTRA
CLOTHING. ALSO TAKE WATER...A FIRST AID KIT...OR ANYTHING ELSE
THAT WOULD HELP YOU SURVIVE IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED.

* MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FOOD...WATER AND THE
NECESSARY MEDICATION TO LAST THROUGH THE DURATION OF THE
WINTER STORM.