Friday, March 19, 2010

WINTER STORM WATCH EXPANDED!!!!!!!

Winter Storm Watch
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
413 AM CDT FRI MAR 19 2010

...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM BEARING DOWN ON THE SOUTHERN PLAINS...

DESPITE MILD CONDITIONS IN MANY AREAS TODAY... MAJOR WEATHER
CHANGES WILL OCCUR TODAY INTO SATURDAY. MUCH COLDER AIR WILL
INVADE NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA LATER THIS MORNING... AND WILL
OVERSPREAD THE REST OF OKLAHOMA AND NORTHERN TEXAS LATER TODAY
AND TONIGHT. AFTER THE COLD AIR ARRIVES... A POWERFUL LATE-WINTER
STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW TO MOST OF
NORTHERN... CENTRAL... AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA... BEGINNING IN
NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA TONIGHT AND THEN SPREADING EAST SATURDAY AND
SATURDAY NIGHT. HEAVY SNOW... STRONG WINDS... AND SEVERE BLOWING
AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL LEAD TO BLIZZARD OR NEAR-BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS IN SOME AREAS BY SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. TRAVEL
WILL BECOME VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE IN SOME AREAS THIS
WEEKEND. THIS IS A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WINTER STORM SITUATION
WHICH NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. PREPARATIONS FOR SEVERE WINTER
WEATHER SHOULD BE PERFORMED TODAY... AND COMPLETED BY TONIGHT.

OKZ007-008-012-013-017>020-022>031-191715-
/O.CON.KOUN.WS.A.0003.100320T1200Z-100321T1200Z/
GRANT-KAY-GARFIELD-NOBLE-BLAINE-KINGFISHER-LOGAN-PAYNE-WASHITA-
CADDO-CANADIAN-OKLAHOMA-LINCOLN-GRADY-MCCLAIN-CLEVELAND-
POTTAWATOMIE-SEMINOLE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MEDFORD...PONCA CITY...ENID...PERRY...
WATONGA...KINGFISHER...GUTHRIE...STILLWATER...CORDELL...
ANADARKO...YUKON...EL RENO...MUSTANG...OKLAHOMA CITY...CHANDLER...
CHICKASHA...PURCELL...NORMAN...MOORE...SHAWNEE...SEMINOLE
413 AM CDT FRI MAR 19 2010

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING
THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING
THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING FOR MOST OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN OKLAHOMA.

* TIMING: EARLY SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACT: HEAVY SNOW REDUCING VISIBILITY AND ACCUMULATING.
SNOWFALL OVER 4 INCHES IS LIKELY IN MANY AREAS. LOCAL AMOUNTS
OVER 8 INCHES ARE FORECAST IN NORTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. IT IS
ALSO POSSIBLE THAT THE AREA OF HEAVIEST SNOW WILL EXPAND
TOWARD CENTRAL OKLAHOMA.

* OTHER IMPACTS: WIND GUSTS OVER 45 MPH WILL PRODUCE BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS MAY EXIST AT TIMES...
ESPECIALLY IN NORTH CENTRAL AND CENTRAL OKLAHOMA SATURDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO
THE TEENS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL
AND STRESS LIVESTOCK. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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