Friday, March 19, 2010

NEW WINTER STORM WARNINGS!!!!!

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
606 PM CDT FRI MAR 19 2010

...HEAVY SNOW AND WIND WILL DEVELOP RAPIDLY OVER MUCH OF OKLAHOMA...

A LATE SEASON ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL CAUSE TEMPERATURES TO FALL
ABRUPTLY TONIGHT...WHILE AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH BEGINS TO INTENSIFY
TO OUR WEST. THE TROUGH WILL FORM A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW ON
SATURDAY...AS IT TRACKS EASTWARD ALONG THE RED RIVER.

THE RESULT WILL BE A SUDDEN...AND STRONG...WINTER STORM TO AFFECT
MUCH OF OKLAHOMA...ESPECIALLY NORTH OF THE UPPER LOW. THE MAIN
IMPACTS WILL BE HEAVY FALLING SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW THAT WILL
REDUCE VISIBILITY. ACCUMULATIONS WILL AVERAGE 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER A
LARGE PART OF OKLAHOMA...WHILE LOCAL AMOUNTS CLOSE TO 12 INCHES
ARE POSSIBLE IN AREAS NORTH OF OKLAHOMA CITY...TOWARD WATONGA...
ENID...PONCA CITY...AND STILLWATER. MEANWHILE...NORTH TO NORTHWEST
WINDS WILL BE VERY STRONG THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHERN PLAINS...WITH
SPEEDS AVERAGING NEAR 30 MPH...AND GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH. THE SNOW
WILL BE SOMEWHAT WET...WITH TEMPERATURES JUST A FEW DEGREES BELOW
FREEZING AT THE GROUND...BUT NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY
IN THE AREAS THAT RECEIVE THE MOST SNOW. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW
WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY...ESPECIALLY FROM CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
EASTWARD. TRAVEL WILL BECOME VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE IN MANY
AREAS THIS WEEKEND. THIS IS A POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING WINTER
STORM. PREPARATIONS FOR SEVERE WINTER WEATHER SHOULD BE COMPLETED
TONIGHT.

OKZ004>006-009>011-014>016-021-201000-
/O.UPG.KOUN.WS.A.0003.100320T0000Z-100322T0000Z/
/O.EXB.KOUN.WS.W.0004.100320T0300Z-100321T1200Z/
HARPER-WOODS-ALFALFA-ELLIS-WOODWARD-MAJOR-ROGER MILLS-DEWEY-
CUSTER-BECKHAM-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...ALVA...CHEROKEE...ARNETT...
WOODWARD...FAIRVIEW...CHEYENNE...TALOGA...WEATHERFORD...CLINTON...
ELK CITY...SAYRE
606 PM CDT FRI MAR 19 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM
CDT SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
10 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM CDT SUNDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS
NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING: TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT.

* MAIN IMPACT: SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES AND BLUSTERY
WINDS OF NEAR 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 45 MPH. BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS MAY OCCUR...RESULTING IN A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

* OTHER IMPACTS: WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO THE TEENS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND
STRONG WINDS WILL OCCUR. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR
IMPOSSIBLE.

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