Tuesday, January 5, 2010

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
1104 AM CST TUE JAN 5 2010

OKZ004>048-050>052-TXZ083>090-060500-
HARPER-WOODS-ALFALFA-GRANT-KAY-ELLIS-WOODWARD-MAJOR-GARFIELD-
NOBLE-ROGER MILLS-DEWEY-CUSTER-BLAINE-KINGFISHER-LOGAN-PAYNE-
BECKHAM-WASHITA-CADDO-CANADIAN-OKLAHOMA-LINCOLN-GRADY-MCCLAIN-
CLEVELAND-POTTAWATOMIE-SEMINOLE-HUGHES-HARMON-GREER-KIOWA-JACKSON-
TILLMAN-COMANCHE-STEPHENS-GARVIN-MURRAY-PONTOTOC-COAL-COTTON-
JEFFERSON-CARTER-JOHNSTON-ATOKA-LOVE-MARSHALL-BRYAN-HARDEMAN-
FOARD-WILBARGER-WICHITA-KNOX-BAYLOR-ARCHER-CLAY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...ALVA...CHEROKEE...MEDFORD...
PONCA CITY...ARNETT...WOODWARD...FAIRVIEW...ENID...PERRY...
CHEYENNE...TALOGA...WEATHERFORD...CLINTON...WATONGA...
KINGFISHER...GUTHRIE...STILLWATER...ELK CITY...SAYRE...CORDELL...
ANADARKO...YUKON...EL RENO...MUSTANG...OKLAHOMA CITY...CHANDLER...
CHICKASHA...PURCELL...NORMAN...MOORE...SHAWNEE...SEMINOLE...
HOLDENVILLE...HOLLIS...MANGUM...HOBART...ALTUS...FREDERICK...
LAWTON...DUNCAN...PAULS VALLEY...SULPHUR...ADA...COALGATE...
WALTERS...WAURIKA...ARDMORE...TISHOMINGO...ATOKA...MARIETTA...
MADILL...DURANT...QUANAH...CHILLICOTHE...CROWELL...VERNON...
WICHITA FALLS...MUNDAY...KNOX CITY...SEYMOUR...ARCHER CITY...
HOLLIDAY...LAKESIDE CITY...HENRIETTA
1104 AM CST TUE JAN 5 2010

...BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES LATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY...

A STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT MOVING ACROSS OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN
NORTH TEXAS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING WILL USHER IN AN
EXTENDED PERIOD OF BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES AND SUB-ZERO WIND
CHILLS. THE EXTREME COLD WEATHER HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME LIFE-
THREATENING ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE CAUGHT OUTSIDE WITHOUT ADEQUATE
SHELTER. A BRIEF PERIOD OF LIGHT SNOW... AND PERHAPS FREEZING
DRIZZLE... WILL BE POSSIBLE BEHIND THE COLD FRONT WEDNESDAY
EVENING.

WIND CHILLS WILL FREQUENTLY RANGE BETWEEN 5 TO 20 BELOW ZERO.
ALTHOUGH WIDESPREAD ROAD PROBLEMS DUE TO ICE ARE NOT
ANTICIPATED... TRAVELERS COULD STILL FACE A LIFE-THREATENING
SITUATION IF THEY BECOME STRANDED AND ARE UNPREPARED FOR THE
EXTREME COLD. THOSE PLANNING TO TRAVEL WEDNESDAY THROUGH
SATURDAY... ESPECIALLY ACROSS RURAL AREAS... SHOULD PACK EXTRA
COATS... GLOVES... HATS AND BLANKETS IN THEIR VEHICLE. BEFORE
HEADING OUT... RECHARGE CELL PHONES AND NOTIFY FRIENDS OR
RELATIVES OF YOUR INTENDED TRAVEL PLANS.

THE ELDERLY AND SICK SHOULD BE LOOKED IN ON TO INSURE THEY HAVE
ADEQUATE HEAT. PETS WILL LIKELY NEED TO BE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL
SHELTER WHILE INSURING THEY STILL HAVE ACCESS TO WATER. EXPOSED
PIPES WILL FREEZE DURING THE EXTENDED PERIOD OF COLD WEATHER
UNLESS STEPS ARE TAKEN TO EITHER DRAIN OR PROTECT THEM FROM THE
SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES.

TEMPERATURES WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY ARE FORECAST TO
FALL INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS ACROSS NORTHERN OKLAHOMA AND IN THE
TEENS ELSEWHERE. THE VERY COLD WEATHER WILL CONTINUE OVER THE
REGION THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES OVER PARTS OF NORTHERN
OKLAHOMA WILL SLIP BELOW ZERO FRIDAY AND SATURDAY MORNINGS
WITH LOWS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS TO LOWER TEENS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
HALF OF OKLAHOMA INTO WESTERN NORTH TEXAS. ONCE THE COLD AIR
MOVES IN LATE WEDNESDAY... TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN
BELOW FREEZING UNTIL SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

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