Sleet, Freezing Rain Hit Northeastern Oklahoma
TULSA, Oklahoma - Green Country woke up to light ice covering roadways Sunday morning. More of the same is to be expected throughout the day. Travel is expected to become very hazardous especially on secondary roads that have not been treated.
A winter storm warning continues through midnight tonight for Northeast Oklahoma. Bitter cold temperatures and wind chills just below zero are in store for the area.
Authorities are urging caution and asking people to stay off the roadways if possible.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa issued the winter storm warning for counties including Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington counties in Oklahoma; Benton, Sebastian and Carroll Counties in Arkansas; and Chautauqua and Montgomery counties in Kansas.
Precipitation began in Tulsa around 9 p.m. and quickly created a sheet of ice on surfaces. Bitterly cold temperatures have arrived.
Churches all over Green Country reported services and activities canceled. We recommend you call your church or check their web site before heading out. Cancellations have been called in from Bartlesville, Drumright, Owasso, Collinsville, Pryor, Jenks, Sperry, Verdigris, Tulsa and Skiatook.
"We will see a light wintry mix for most of the day Sunday with temperatures falling into the teens," Grogan said.
"Whatever falls will stick, especially on untreated roads. Outside of a few heavier bursts of precipitation, it won't be a heavy dousing, but a gradual build-up of ice on roads that will make driving still very treacherous."
As deeper cold air moves in by late Sunday afternoon, we should see a transition to snow. Up to 3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation and up to a tenth to a quarter-inch of ice accumulation is expected from 6 p.m. Saturday through Sunday night.
It looks like the heaviest snow band will be near the Oklahoma/Kansas state line. In Tulsa, about an inch seems possible on top of the sleet, but it could be more.
The bitter cold will remain for a few days as the system is expected to "take its dear, sweet time to move out," Grogan said.
"Plan for to two or three days of messy road conditions and bitterly cold air," he said. "The impacts of this system are certainly not locked into place, but it is just about a certainty that Old Man Winter isn't done with us yet!"
Remember to stay weather aware and keep checking back as weather conditions change.
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