Winter weather expected to return to state

Tuesday, February 3rd 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Another round of wintery precipitation is expected across Oklahoma Wednesday as a powerful storm system moves through the region.

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories and watches for northern and central Oklahoma, where a half-inch to an inch of accumulated ice was possible.

Light rain, light freezing rain and sleet began Tuesday night in the Oklahoma Panhandle, causing at least one weather-related traffic accident near Guymon.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol believes Maria Luciano, 43, of Gruver, Texas, lost control of her car on an icy Oklahoma 136, slid off the road and rolled. She suffered head injuries and was listed in stable condition at Texas County Memorial Hospital, troopers said.

Rain and thunderstorms instead of ice and snow were possible in southern Oklahoma, the weather service said.

On Tuesday, temperatures climbed well into the 40s and low 50s. The daytime high in Oklahoma City was 47 degrees and the temperature topped out at 42 degrees in Tulsa.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 30s on Wednesday, falling into the 20s in some areas Wednesday night.

Highs should remain in the 30s as the precipitation tapers off on Thursday. Lows should range from the teens in the Panhandle to the low 30s in the east.

Skies should become partly cloudy on Friday, with highs remaining in the 30s. Lows should fall into the teens and 20s.

More clouds will move back into the state on Saturday, bringing a slight chance of snow to the Panhandle, forecasters said.

Highs should climb into the 30s and low 40s. Lows should fall into the teens and 20s.