From Eugene Thieszen of WXtreme Chase Team, our current featured storm chaser: Tornadic Supercell near Woodward, OK 4/09/2012 What makes this event memorable is not so much the tornadoes the storm produced (including several clock-wise rotating satellites around a large-weak bowl) but rather the incredible structure of the storm updraft. To see that magnificent sight meant backing away from the tornadic base for a time. I will also never forget the beat-down my vehicle received from golfball and baseball-sized hail! Watching a jackrabbit attempting to dodge hailstones was intriguing too!
TONIGHT: Some of the coldest air we’ve seen in over a year will take place across the region tonight. The snowpack across Oklahoma plus the clearing skies and light winds are going to make it possible that we are going to see some single digits and perhaps even a few readings below zero for morning lows tomorrow morning.
As of this writing, Norman’s NWS has the forecast low of 3F for OKC, which would be a record low.
Air this cold, especially this early in the year, is pretty hard to come by — but definitely not unheard of. The combination of some snowpack, clearing skies, and light winds will make the atmosphere quite conducive to cooling tonight. Be sure to make sure your animals are ready for this cold weather and that you’ve taken all steps possible to ensure their safety. Also, be sure to check on any elderly friends or neighbors as well — if only to be a good neighbor!
Graphic from: Hazard Notifications
Snow video from Oklahoma from Brandon Sullivan.
Snow has begun falling in OKC.
WINTER STORM: A significant ice storm appears to be on track for SE OK into NW Arkansas with the first round of precip expected through the day depicted above. Most of the precip in the heavier band should fall as freezing rain and perhaps some sleet in SE OK and Arkansas.
There will be some lighter precip across the I-44 corridor in Oklahoma this afternoon, but the main show will hold off until later tonight for most everyone.
A significant ice storm will occur in SE OK, NE TX, and Arkansas, with ice accumulations being as such that power outages and downed trees will become very likely. For folks in the ice storm warnings (and adjacent areas), prepare for the possibility of prolonged power outages. With ice accumulations of up to .75” or more and prolonged below freezing temps, trees and power lines will be under extended amounts of stress over the coming days.
WINTER STORM: Beginning to get somewhat worried that we could be getting ready to see a significant ice storm over parts of the region. The combination of the extremely cold temperatures, expected cloudy weather and well below freezing temps could mean power lines and trees will be under stress for days with some potential for significant ice accumulations.
If ingredients continue to come together, some folks are going to be dealing with prolonged power outages in N Texas, SC and SE OK into Arkansas as well as the potential for some pretty treacherous roads.