The Edmond Sun

February 25, 2013

NWS: Winter storm warning includes Edmond

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond is under a winter storm warning as officials and city crews brace for expected snowfall.

A winter storm is bringing a variety of hazards to parts of the central and southern U.S. Heavy snow is possible from the Mid-Mississippi Valley to the Southern Plains, with blizzard conditions possible for some locations, according to the NWS.

Parts of central Oklahoma, Kansas and western Missouri could see more than a foot of snow through Tuesday. Severe thunderstorms are possible on Monday across much of the Gulf Coast. How much snowfall Edmond will receive depends on the source of information as projected amounts vary.

A winter storm warning that includes the Edmond area remains in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the NWS update posted at 4:15 a.m.

Snow, heavy at times, is expected to spread into central Oklahoma late Monday morning. Accumulating snow is expected to impact the Oklahoma City and Lawton areas this afternoon and persist until early Tuesday.

Main impacts will be strong and gusty northwest winds, which will cause blowing and drifting snow. Visibility may be near zero at times in the heavier snow bands.

Travel will be dangerous late Monday through Tuesday morning, according to the NWS. The agency urged area residents to avoid travel during the height of the storm. Power loss is a possibility due to the heavy snow and strong winds.

Snowfall amounts of 6-8 inches are projected from Stillwater to El Reno. Across Oklahoma City, amounts will vary from 2-6 inches, with higher amounts likely in the northwestern half of Oklahoma County.

Just before 10 a.m. Monday, the temperature was 38 degrees at Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. Edmond’s forecast called for a 100 percent chance of rain turning to snow sometime after the noon hour and a 90 percent chance Monday night.

A 20 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday morning will be accompanied by blowing snow. | 341-2121, ext. 108