Ice Storm Warning for Oklahoma
Much of west-central Oklahoma is now under an Ice Storm Warning as wintry weather impacts parts of the Southern Plains today and tomorrow.
The Ice Storm Warning includes the Oklahoma City metro area, Lawton, and Wichita Falls. The National Weather Service in Norman, OK indicates in the Ice Storm Warning text that, “Periods of significant icing through at least Wednesday morning. Ice accumulations up to one-half inch will be common, with some locations possibly receiving upwards of one inch. There will also be accumulations of sleet.”
Surrounding parts of Oklahoma will also see freezing rain, but lesser ice accumulations are possible there so a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued. In these locations, ice accumulations under a quarter inch are likely.
9:07am – An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for portions of Oklahoma and western north Texas. With trees having most of their leaves still, prepare for widespread tree and power outages.
— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) October 26, 2020
The dangerous winter weather is expected in two waves: the first occurring this morning and wrapping up by this afternoon. The second wave will arrive late tonight and continue into tomorrow. The second wave has the potential to be much more impactful because temperatures will be slightly cooler.
Travel is expected to be significantly impacted. This is an early season ice storm, so most trees still have their leaves. Significant tree damage is possible. Power outages in some spots are likely. Please plan accordingly.