After Cold, Wet Sunday, Light Snow Possible Monday


Sunday, February 22nd 2015, 8:58 am
By: Dee Duren


Winter precipitation is leaving Green Country Sunday afternoon with the focus shifting to southeastern Oklahoma. Heavier snow fell from McAlester to Stigler and Wilburton, according to WARN Team meteorologist Mike Grogan.

Another round of light snow is possible Monday, moving in from the west. The southern areas of the state will once again be favored for the best chance of accumulating snow, but anywhere in eastern Oklahoma could see enough to whiten the ground up a bit further.

The other issue will be the bitter cold air that settles into the region.

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Sunday's snowfall is leaving wet roadways behind in Green Country which may cause problems as the temperature falls. Be sure to watch for patchy areas of ice on elevated surfaces.

EMSA says they ran on 25 vehicle wrecks between the hours of midnight and 3 p.m. Sunday. Only one of those was serious, a man who was injured when his van struck a telephone pole.

2/22/2015 Related Story: Tulsa Firefighters Rescue Driver After Van Hits Utility Pole

In a road conditions update late Sunday afternoon, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety reports roads are slick and hazardous in counties northwest and southeast of Tulsa.

Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee and Rogers Counties are slick in spots.

"Use caution if traveling," the update says.

Bands of light to moderate snow moved through Green Country Sunday morning with 1 to 2 inches possible mainly north of Highway 412. Gusty north winds to around 30 mph caused some blowing snow as well. 

Wind chill temperatures are in the teens, so be sure to bundle up if you need to go outside.

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State highway crews in north central and northeastern Oklahoma, including the Tulsa metro, have been treating bridges and areas as needed and continue to monitor conditions, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The City of Tulsa called out street crews as the temperatures drop.

2/22/2015 Related Story: City Of Tulsa Calls In Street Crews For Winter Weather

Periods of moderate snowfall were reported in Yale, Mannford, Turley, Skiatook, Kellyville,Sapulpa and Broken Arrow Sunday morning.

The good news was that daytime soil temperatures were above freezing, but there were slick spots on elevated surfaces. Drivers are encouraged to go slow and leave plenty of room for stopping.

Highway 51 in the Mannford area experienced some slowdown as the winter weather came in from the north and west early Sunday.

Roads still are considered covered and hazardous in northwestern Oklahoma including the Alva and Enid area.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said crews continue to plow and apply sand and salt to highway bridges and roadways in the panhandle and northwestern counties.

By Sunday afternoon, the snowfall was moving to areas south of Tulsa including the McAlester area and south of Interstate 40. By 7 p.m., traffic on Highway 69 between McAlester and Eufaula was at a standstill because of a reported wreck and icy conditions.

Additional snowfall is expected through Monday, so be sure to stay weather aware and keep checking back to News On 6 and NewsOn6.com.

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Go to the Department of Public Safety website for Oklahoma highway conditions or call 405-425-2385.

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