Oklahoma weather forecast, OKC road conditions, closures
Heavy snow began falling in the Oklahoma City area mid-morning Sunday, piling up on roads and causing difficult driving conditions as temperatures hovered around 3 degrees.
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The Oklahoma City metro will endure two more days of extreme cold before a short break and possible return of snow next week.
Bands of snow across the region on Sunday produced up to an inch of snowfall, according to the National Weather Service in Norman.
Portions of Oklahoma highways were closed due to collisions.
EMSA doctors in the Oklahoma City area responded to what the agency said was a “significant number” of cold exposure calls. EMSA has responded to eight exposure calls as of 3:30pm Sunday and a total of 13 since Friday. EMSA made six cold exposure transports during the same time on Sunday and a total of 9 since Friday.
NWS forecasters expect mid-week warmth before the chance of snow again.
“The clouds will start to clear up tonight and it will be very dry all week,” said meteorologist Jennifer Thompson of the National Weather Service in Norman.
Strong winds are expected over the next two days, with maximum temperatures expected to reach 14 degrees on Monday and reach 25 degrees on Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny with a high around 43 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 29 degrees on Friday.
Saturday will be sunny with a high of 34 degrees before the chance of snow returns late next Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
EMSA doctors in the Oklahoma City area responded to what the agency says was a large number of cold exposure calls.
EMSA has responded to eight exposure calls as of 3:30pm Sunday and a total of 13 since Friday. EMSA made six cold exposure transports during the same time on Sunday and a total of 9 since Friday.
The agency urges those who must go outside to dress up and wear a heavy coat, hat, gloves and warm shoes or boots with traction.
The westbound Turner Turnpike in Lincoln County is closed at mile marker 166 due to a multi-vehicle crash, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said the Amtrak Heartland Flyer would remain Sunday night in Fort Worth due to expected winter weather in Oklahoma and Texas. Weather permitting, the plane will return to Oklahoma City on its regular schedule Monday night, according to ODOT.
Forecasters expect light snow in the Oklahoma City metro through 3 p.m. Sunday.
“Overall, we’re looking at accumulations of close to an inch in some parts of the metro,” said meteorologist Ryan Barnes of the National Weather Service in Norman.
The NWS says the high temperature will reach around 9 degrees, with wind chills at -14 degrees due to northeast winds gusting around 10 mph.
“The main concern remains the extremely cold winds throughout tonight and tomorrow,” Barnes said.
The NWS is forecasting a slight chance of snow before 7 p.m., then a slight chance of snow after 1 a.m
Meteorologists expect 20% snowfall before seven o’clock on Monday morning. The maximum temperature on Monday is expected to reach 17 degrees with chills reaching -10 degrees.
— Josh Dulaney
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