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Waves of wintry weather expected to continue for Oklahoma

Winter in waves seems to be a common pattern this year.

A first wave was expected Friday night into Saturday with the possibility of some winter precipitation.

Moving forward after that, it will be important to continue to monitor weather forecasts for the next several days for changes, said Daryl Williams of the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office.

Williams said the highs Saturday in the Oklahoma City metro might climb to about 40 degrees.

“The daylight hours (Saturday) look pretty dry,” he said. “As midnight approaches tomorrow night, here we go again.”

The Oklahoma City metro may experience some of the wintry precipitation Sunday. But the heavier accumulations may be south of the metro. Sunday, snowfall totals could near or exceed 3 inches for portions of southern Oklahoma. Also Sunday, the southern Oklahoma City metro could see about a half-inch to an inch of snow.

The next round of precipitation will occur late Monday through early Tuesday for the Oklahoma City metro, before drier air moves into the region, decreasing precipitation chances across central Oklahoma.

The most significant snowfall Tuesday will likely occur across portions of northern and northwestern Oklahoma. The metro could see another inch or so of snow through Tuesday morning.

Travel problems are expected throughout areas of the state through “at least Tuesday,” including in the Oklahoma City metro, said Ryan Barnes of the National Weather Service in Norman.

Barnes said, “The area with the worst travel conditions on Sunday will likely be across portions of southern Oklahoma, along and north of the Red River, and south of I-40. Through Tuesday, however, locations along and north of I-40 will likely experience the heaviest snowfall, specifically over north-central Oklahoma.

“Individuals should monitor forecasts closely as storm tracks may change over the next few days.”

Additional rounds of winter precipitation may occur late Wednesday through Friday, resulting in more snowfall across the region.

In eastern Oklahoma, the National Weather Service's Tulsa Forecast Office is also looking at the possibility for chances for wintry precipitation into next week.

That area was also expecting some light precipitation Friday night into Saturday, including the possibility of patches of wintry precipitation.

The chances increase for wintry precipitation in eastern Oklahoma on Sunday and again Monday night into Tuesday night.

Ice and snow and sleet accumulations appear likely with these weather systems early in the week, said Steve Piltz, meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

Piltz said that for the Sunday weather system they are looking at possibly 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet.

Bryan Painter

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