The Edmond Sun

December 3, 2013

NWS issues winter storm watch; Edmond included

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A winter storm watch has been issued for much of Oklahoma, an area including Edmond.

The National Weather Service issued the advisory for Thursday morning through Friday afternoon for locations including Guthrie, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Norman and Chandler.

A winter storm watch means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36-48 hours. Citizens in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions. A winter storm warning means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.  

Significant amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected over parts of Oklahoma and north Texas. In general, the main snow and sleet impacts will most likely occur near and north of a line from Lawton to Norman to Shawnee. Farther south ice accumulation will be the main concern.

Light freezing rain may begin Thursday morning, according to the advisory issued at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday. Heavier freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected from Thursday evening through Friday morning. It was too soon to declare potential precipitation amounts.

Dangerous driving conditions will likely result from accumulation of ice and snow, according to the National Weather Service’s advisory. Ice accumulation may cause power outages in parts of southern Oklahoma.

Locally, precipitation chances have increased since expectations Monday morning.

Edmond’s forecast includes a high near 45 Wednesday, 29 Thursday, 26 Friday and 27 Sunday. A 50-percent chance of a wintry mix Thursday will be followed by a 90 percent chance of a snow-sleet mix Thursday night, a 90 percent chance of snow Friday and a 20 percent chance of snow Friday night.

On Saturday, skies are expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 27 degrees.

Winds will also be a factor, with a north wind of 7-13 mph Wednesday evening and gusts up to 23 mph Thursday.

Precipitation chances return with a 30-percent chance of snow Saturday night and Sunday and a 20-percent chance of snow Sunday night. Monday’s forecast includes mostly sunny skies with a high near 34. | 341-2121, ext. 108