Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.

Saturday, January 8th 2011, 8:39 am
By: News On 6

OK, for those of you who have been asking where is our snow, it certainly looks like that question will be answered over the next few days. We have two separate systems that will be providing the potential for wintry weather; one that will be primarily affecting the extreme southern counties during the day Sunday and a second one that will be affecting the more northern counties on Monday.

Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight followed by mostly cloudy skies for Sunday and overcast skies for Monday. Light snow or flurries will be developing by Sunday afternoon or evening along and north of I-40 with any accumulating snows confined to the extreme SE counties. That particular system will be tracking across Texas and the Gulf Coast for Sunday and Monday bringing some significant snowfall deep into the south. Most of Oklahoma will be on the northern fringe of that particular system, thus only a dusting or so is expected for most of us except for the extreme SE.

A second system will be following on the heels of the first one, but it will be taking a more northerly track along the Ok/Ks state line during the day Monday. As a result, those of us along and north of I-40 will have the best chance of accumulating snowfall with lesser amounts south of I-40 by the time it all ends Monday night. With colder, drier air already in place, this system is expected to drop anywhere from 1-3" with any locally heavier amounts pretty well confined to the more northern counties and on into Kansas during the day Monday.

After that, it will just be plain cold. Gusty northerly winds will create dangerous wind chill values for Tuesday and although the winds will be lighter, dangerous wind chill values are likely for Wednesday morning as well.

We will not likely thaw out till Friday into Saturday, but another surge of cold air will be arriving over the weekend keeping us well below normal going into the following week as well.

Of course there is always the chance that one of these systems will make a subtle change in its track which could shift the heavier snow bands further north or south so stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot