Sleet, freezing rain expected later in the week
A strong cold front is expected to pass through Oklahoma later this week, bringing sleet, freezing rain and snow to much of the state.
Rain is expected to develop Thursday afternoon across much of central and western Oklahoma, said Doug Speheger, a forecaster with the National Weather Service's Norman office. As cold air moves into the state Thursday evening, that rain will shift to freezing rain and sleet, he said.
Depending on how quickly that cold air mass moves into the state, the transition from rain to wintry weather could happen mid-evening or late Thursday night, Speheger said. Either scenario could mean motorists venturing out Friday morning could see slick streets and walkways.
Much of southwest and central Oklahoma, including Altus, Lawton, Stillwater and the Oklahoma City metro area, are expected to see the best chances for freezing rain throughout the day Friday, forecasters predict. Areas further southeast are more likely to see rain, and areas further northwest are expected to see a combination of snow, freezing rain and sleet.
On Saturday, sleet and freezing rain are expected to be replaced by snow across much of the state, Speheger said.
Shannon Cox, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Utilities, said the department is monitoring the weather, and will pretreat bridges and overpasses along snow routes if necessary. In the event of snow, plows will continue clearing snow routes until conditions improve, she said.
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