Forecasters Issue Rare Blizzard Warning For North Central Oklahoma

Thursday, November 30th 2006, 12:06 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Forecasters issued a rare blizzard warning Thursday for portions of north-central Oklahoma as heavy snow and strong winds pounded the area.

Several inches of snow blanketed the area Thursday, with wind gusts of up to 40 mph, and additional accumulations of 5 to 7 inches were expected Thursday afternoon and evening, said Ty Judd, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman.

"The snow is really blowing around up there, and they have near white-out conditions," Judd said. "It's really creating havoc."

Snow drifts up to two feet were expected in the area.

The blizzard warning was in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday for Alfalfa, Grant, Kay, Major, Garfield, Noble, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Osage, Nowata, Craig, and Washington counties.