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January 31, 2014

Winter storms won't impact Garfield County until Monday

ENID, Okla. — A series of winter storms moving across the state likely won’t impact the Garfield County area until early in the coming week but travel in other areas state could be impacted by the storms.

Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said there are several opportunities for winter weather in the area of the next week.

“Where we will be impacted most here in the Garfield County area/ Northern Oklahoma will mainly be in the Monday through Tuesday time frame,” he said. “We will see a good possibility for accumulating sleet and snow. Keep in mind that timing is always an issue and storm tracks will change over the course of a forecast period.”

Honigsberg urged residents to be prepared for the upcoming winter weather.

“Take the time today (Saturday) to double check supplies at home and, if needed, stock up on those items you may be short on and we’ll ride out these systems as they come across,” he said. “These systems are not an end-of-the-world event so just enjoy the winter weather as springtime is closer than you think.”

According to the National Weather service, the first wave of several storm systems was expected tonight (Saturday) into Sunday occurring across parts of  southern Oklahoma and western North Texas.

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain can be expected  along and South of Interstate 40, with mainly snow to the north.

Freezing rain may lead to significant icing across portions of south central and southeast Oklahoma. A winter storm watch is in effect for tonight (Saturday) and into Sunday.

Portions of that watch are likely to be upgraded to a winter storm warning in later outlooks, according to the NWS.

A second wave of winter weather with winter precipitation will be possible Monday into Tuesday, mainly in the form of snow, although some sleet and freezing rain will be possible as another storm system approaches and moves across the area.

“Currently, the most likely area for the heaviest amounts will be across parts of northern and central Oklahoma,” according to the NWS weather alert. “However ... rain and snow will be possible further south and into southern Oklahoma and Western Texas.”

The NWS is forecasting 1 to 3 inches of snowfall with locally high amounts possible in the heaviest areas of accumulation.

“How much and the exact location of the heaviest precipitation s still uncertain,” according to the NWS. “The snow could cause slick and possibly hazardous road condition for parts of northern and central Oklahoma.”

Further winter weather chances will return Wednesday night and last into Saturday as an other series of storm systems affect the southern plains.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation advised Saturday morning crews in northeastern parts of the state were reporting isolated slick spots on highways and interstates. The Tulsa metro area reports some slick areas on bridges and overpasses.

ODOT advised all drivers to remain at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment.

To check current road conditions in Oklahoma, call the Department of Public Safety’s road conditions hotline at (888) 425-2385. Those with travel plans can also check road conditions in surrounding states.

Out-of-state road conditions:

• Arkansas               (800) 245-1672

• Colorado              (303) 639-1111

• Kansas                 (866) 511-5368

• Missouri               (800) 222-6400

• New Mexico      (800) 432-4269

• Texas                  (800) 452-9292

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