Forecasters predict snow, freezing rain Tuesday in Oklahoma
Much of Oklahoma can expect to see snow, sleet or freezing rain Tuesday, forecasters predict.
A round of snow and ice is expected to move across much of Oklahoma on Tuesday, forecasters predict.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for most of Oklahoma from 6 a.m. to midnight Tuesday.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain are possible in central and southwestern Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area. Forecasters are predicting mostly snow in north-central and northwestern Oklahoma, where as much as 4 inches of snowfall is possible.
Ice accumulation is expected to be greatest along the Interstate 44 corridor from Lawton to Oklahoma City and Chandler. Sleet and freezing rain could cause slick, treacherous roadways.
Kristy Yager, a spokeswoman for the city of Oklahoma City, said workers spent much of the day Monday spreading a salt solution on bridges and overpasses along snow routes. The solution helps slow ice accumulation along roadways as long as rain doesn't wash it away before sleet and freezing rain begin, she said. City officials are advising motorists to be particularly careful along bridges and overpasses, even those that have been treated.
Salt trucks will continue to treat roads throughout the day Tuesday, she said.
Alex Zwink, a forecaster for the National Weather Service's Norman office, said sleet and snow could begin to fall as early as 6 a.m. Tuesday, but forecasters expect most of the precipitation to begin late Tuesday morning.
“As you try to go home from work in the evening, it could be an absolute mess," Zwink said.
Motorists are advised to use caution and allow for extra time when venturing out onto roadways. Forecasts could change throughout the day Tuesday, Zwink said, so residents should keep an eye on weather reports.