Who Will See Snow in Oklahoma Monday Night & Tuesday? (12/17/2011)


A STRONG WINTER STORM TO BRING ACCUMULATING SNOW TO PARTS OF OKLAHOMA MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY.

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM OVER THE BAJA OF CALIFORNIA SATURDAY MORNING WILL BEGIN TO MOVE EAST ACROSS ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO ON SUNDAY. THE STORM IS THEN EXPECTED TO MOVE OUT INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS LATE MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT. AS THIS STORM APPROACHES, SOUTH WINDS WILL INCREASE AND TRANSPORT GULF MOISTURE NORTHWARD OVER THE AREA. WHILE TO THE NORTH, MUCH COLDER AIR ACROSS THE NORTHERN ROCKIES WILL BEGIN TO SURGE SOUTH INTO OKLAHOMA AND NORTH TEXAS.

WIDESPREAD RAIN AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO DEVELOP ACROSS OKLAHOMA AND NORTH TEXAS DURING THE DAY ON MONDAY. AS THE COLD AIR SPILLS SOUTH, THE RAIN WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW MONDAY NIGHT ACROSS PORTIONS OF WESTERN AND NORTHERN OKLAHOMA. THE SNOW WILL THEN SPREAD EAST ACROSS NORTHERN AND PARTS OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA TUESDAY MORNING BEFORE ENDING.

ALTHOUGH THE STORM SYSTEM IS STILL A FEW DAYS AWAY AND THE EXACT FORECAST TIMING AND TRACK CAN CHANGE, IT DOES APPEAR THAT THERE IS A REASONABLE POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS NORTHWEST PORTIONS OF OKLAHOMA MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING. LOCATIONS NORTH AND WEST OF A LINE FROM CHEYENNE TO ALVA COULD SEE SNOWFALL AMOUNTS EXCEEDING 4 INCHES WITH LIGHTER AMOUNTS FARTHER SOUTH AND EAST. SOME ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE AS FAR SOUTH AS PERRY, WATONGA, AND HOLLIS. STRONG NORTH WINDS WILL ACCOMPANY THE SNOW AND CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING ALONG WITH LOW WIND CHILLS.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST FORECAST REGARDING THIS UPCOMING WINTER STORM. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE NWS NORMAN WEBSITE, NOAA WEATHER RADIO, OR OTHER TV, RADIO, OR CABLE CHANNELS FOR THE LATEST STATEMENTS, WATCHES, AND ANY WARNINGS.

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