Here’s your detailed weather update on this Thursday:
Cold front arrives this afternoon with falling temperatures into the evening. Light freezing drizzle develops by 4am with a mix of light freezing rain through late morning. This area is mostly confined to near and along the I-44 corridor (see graphic). So be careful on bridges and overpasses in this region. Ice accumulation should only be a few hundredths.
Rain will continue for SE 1/2 of OK. By evening the upper low approaches which will transition any rain or freezing rain out there in C/S OK into snow over a very small area. The most likely position is in C/S/E OK as shown on the map. There will be a lot of melting initially due to warm ground temperatures, so we’ll likely end up with 1-3″ by Saturday morning. Statewide temps will mostly be in the 30s.
It looks like passing clouds moving across the state could produce a few flurries in the cold air Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but nothing significant. Temperatures will mostly be in the 30s for daytime highs each day. Overnight lows 20s on Sunday and Teens Christmas morning.
Tuesday after Christmas is when our next headache begins. The pattern suggests a few days of light to moderate ice accumulation followed by snow. Again we’ll have to detail that later but expect travel issues and some power outages long term. Also the brutal cold temperatures I mentioned awhile back, are showing up again. Winter is here. -AT