Local & Regional
7:04 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Winter Weather on the Way

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for the Tulsa area for tonight and tomorrow. The NWS worries that freezing rain could impact our area. Below is the text of the statement as it was transmitted from the Weather Service. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR FREEZING RAIN...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON... FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES... * IN OKLAHOMA...OTTAWA...CREEK...OKFUSKEE...OKMULGEE...WAGONER... TULSA...ROGERS...MAYES AND DELAWARE. HAZARDOUS WEATHER... * A SHALLOW ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL SURGE INTO EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TODAY. MEANWHILE...A VERY STRONG AND COMPACT UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM OVER THE BAJA THIS MORNING WILL LIFT NORTHEAST TOWARD THE PLAINS OVER THE NEXT 24 TO 48 HOURS. LIFT IN ADVANCE OF THE SYSTEM WILL SPREAD PRECIPITATION OVER THE REGION BEGINNING MAINLY TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. A WARM LAYER WILL BE PRESENT ALOFT WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR THE PRECIPITATION TO BE IN THE FORM OF FREEZING RAIN FROM ROUGHLY THE INTERSTATE 44 CORRIDOR AND POINTS NORTH. THIS ALL DEPENDS ON WHERE THE SURFACE FREEZING LINE SETS UP FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE ABOVE FREEZING DURING THE DAY SATURDAY ACROSS MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA...WITH A POSSIBLE EXCEPTION BEING AREAS NEAR THE KANSAS BORDER WHICH MAY HOVER RIGHT AROUND FREEZING ALL DAY. * A QUARTER TO HALF INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON. IMPACTS... * ROADS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES MAY BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS IN THE WATCH AREA...MAKING TRAVEL TREACHEROUS. BRIEF POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. DEFINITION... * A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS HEAVY SNOW OR A SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATION OF ICE OR SLEET IS EXPECTED IN THE WATCH AREA DURING THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.