8:00 p.m. update:
The latest winter storm has now moved out of Green Country and moved off to the east. It has moved into the Missiissippi/Alabama region, where it continues to dump snow along its northern half.
4:00 p.m. update from Dan Threlkeld:
A quick look at Vipir 2 HD shows the snow finally moving out of eastern Oklahoma. Winds still frisky. I have seen gusts to near 20mph. Those winds will die down after sunset. The National Weather Service's Wind Chill Advisory runs until 11am tomorrow.
Just finished up my forecast. Going with minus 4 in Tulsa for tomorrow morning. If we hit it, we will break another record. The standing record is minus 3 set back in 1929. Even worse are the lows in Bartlesville. I'm forecasting minus 8 and minus 6 for Grove.
Highs on Thursday of 25 but by Friday we warm to 35. It gets better. 40s for Saturday with sunny skies and Sunday we will be in the mid 50s. I see some 60s by early next week.
More on the snow, the roads, the records, and the warm up tonight at 4:30pm, 5pm, 6, and 10pm on 2News, and all the time here on KJRH.COM.
2:45 p.m. update from Dan Threlkeld:
Winter Weather Advisory is now replacing the Winter Storm Warning. Vipir 2 is showing a beautiful sight, the snow is rapidly moving east. There will be a lot of travel issues in Arkansas and western Tenn. this evening.
Here at home our winds will decrease some this afternoon as high pressure moves in. Still concerned about the dangerous temperatures tonight. Still haven't hammerd out a forecast yet but expect lows to be around minus 4. We sill will not make it to 32 tomorrow.
Roads are still a mess in a narrow band were 15 plus inches of snow fell just north and east of Tulsa. I drove on HWY 412 from Tulsa to Sand Springs and had no problems on the highway. You should know, those old neighborhood streets are the ones you need to watch out for. I put a bag of kitty litter in the back of my truck and a shovel and had to use them once when I briefly got stuck on a side street.
I've got Andy tracking down and plotting snowfall totals. They really go off the chart when you get into northwest Arkansas. 24" in Benton county Arkansas. He'll have some healthy totals to show when we tag team at 4:30pm and 5pm.
12:50 p.m. update:
The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled for all but far eastern Oklahoma. The National Weather Service is warning that a 35 mile wide band of 18-25" snow fell from Ponca City to Bartlesville to Jay to Fayetteville. Travel is impossible in these areas, and there are stranded motorists. This would include parts of the Will Rogers Turnpike and the Cherokee Turnpike. Travel to these areas is greatly discouraged this afternoon.
11:12 a.m. update:
The heaviest snow has moved out of Oklahoma and moves into Arkansas. 15-20" totals are being reported in NW Arkansas! Only light snow is possible the rest of the afternoon with less than 1" of snow expected.
10:14 a.m. update:
The heaviest of the snow has moved out of Tulsa. Bands of moderate to heavy snow continue in far eastern Oklahoma from Checotah to Muskogee to Tahlequah to Fayetteville to Fort Smith.
Only light snow is expected this afternoon, but blowing snow is possible due to the "dry" snow and north wind of 10-15mph.
8:53 a.m. update:
The heaviest snow is moving out of Tulsa. By 10 a.m., almost all of the snow will be out of Oklahoma as it moves eastward into Arkansas. The Tulsa area has received 3-5" of snow. Much heavier snow has fallen in a narrow band of north and east of Tulsa from Pawhuska to Bartlesville to Nowata to Pryor to Salina to Grand Lake to Siloam Springs to Fayetteville. Totals around 15" have been reported in this area. South of Tulsa, only low totals have occurred with 2-4" of snow.
8:17 a.m. update:
The last batch of heavy snow will move through Tulsa county between 8 and 9 a.m. The snow will fall at a rate of about 2" per hour. Overall, the heaviest snow is leaving Oklahoma as the precip moves into Arkansas. A narrow band of 10-18" of snow has fallen this morning from Pawhuska to Bartlesville to the Lake Hudson and Grand Lake region.
All of the significant snow will move out of Oklahoma by 10 a.m., though lighter snow could linger this afternoon.
7:19 a.m. update:
A narrow band of tremendous snow has tracked north of Tulsa this morning. Totals of 12-18" have been reported from Pawhuska to Bartlesville to Grand Lake. Reports in Tulsa county range from 3-8".
The heaviest snow is falling in far eastern OK near Tahlequah then to Fayettville. The rate is 2" per hour.
A band of moderate snow is moving toward Tulsa thru 8am.
6:04 a.m. update:
A band of heavier snow has also developed from Tulsa to Jenks, Glenpool, Bixby, Broken Arrow and Coweta, then southward toward Okmulgee. This band and all of the snow will move eastward. A peak snowfall rate of 2" per hour is occurring. Also, getting numerous reports of up to 12" of snow near Grand Lake.
5:08 a.m. update:
Currently the heaviest snow is falling just north and northeast
of Tulsa. Heaviest from Bartlesville to Skiatook to Oologah to Claremore to Vinita to Pryor to Grand Lake.
2" has officially fallen in Tulsa.
4:43 a.m. update:
12" of snow reported in Bartlesville and Pawhuska. 1" here at Channel 2 studios on Brookside.
4:01 a.m. update:
Very heavy banding of snow has set up north of Tulsa. This means there is sharp gradient in snow totals toward Osage County and Bartlesville. A narrow band of 12" snowfall totals will be likely north of Tulsa.
3:57 a.m. update:
Due to the very cold temperatures (near 10°) the snow is very dry snow for our Oklahoma standards. Instead of the usual 10:1 ratio. The snow is closer to 20:1. This means it would take 20" of snow to melt down to 1" of rain.
3:09 a.m. update:
The National Weather Service in Norman has just issued an Airport Weather Warning for Will Rogers World Airport. Heavy snow will result in accumulations in excess of 2" by 4 a.m. there. They will likely see 4-6" before the snow tapers off at Will Rogers Airport between 9 a.m. and Noon. Snow and blowing snow are reducing visibilities to less than a 1/2 mile as of daybreak.
Snow is moving to the east at 30 miles an hour. Across NE OK near whiteout conditions are possible as gusty winds and dry, light snow produces near zero visibilites. Osage county, Washington county and Nowata county will experience these conditions for the next several hours as heavy snow continues and winds remain strong and gusty.
2:49 a.m. update:
Heavy bands of snow at a rate of 1-2"/hour ongoing north and northeast of Tulsa. Osage, Washington, Southern Nowata, Craig and Delaware county seeing the heaviest snow. We are amazed by our Bartlesville camera as we watch the gusty winds blow the heavy snow sideways. Heaviest snow so far has been along and north of Highway 412. That will be shifting south and east. Tulsa has picked up about .6" so far. A fine powder blowing around, almost like sand, it will be hard to measure once it is said and done. We are noticing little traffic if any around. We're glad to see that. Best bet is to stay home. We're going to keep cutting in all night and we will be going on this morning at 4:30am with a special, early edition of 2NEWS Today. Working on the forecast and tracking the current conditions.
2:13 a.m. update:
The heaviest snow band continues along and north of US-412. We are starting to see snow move in from central and western Oklahoma. We will see snow area-wide for the morning rush hour. North winds 15-30 are really blowing the snow around, and it will be tough to get accurate measurements. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
1:14 a.m. update:
An area of moderate to heavy snow is located north of a line from Fayetteville, AR to Tulsa, to Stillwater. The snow is moving east. North winds at 15-25 mph are causing blowing and drifting snow. Heavy snow was reported earlier in Kansas. Wichita set a record snowfall for the day Tuesday with nearly 7" of snow. Hutchison and Newton, Kansas both saw over a foot of snow. The snow will continue to build south as we go through the night.
12:05 a.m. update:
Snow continues to increase in coverage and intensity north of Tulsa. The heaviest snow runs from Pryor to Pawhuska, with more moderate snow near Pawnee. Some reports include: 3" of snow at Pawhuska, with heavy snow falling at the current time.....and 1.5" of snow at Skiatook. Movement is east. Wind gusts over 20 mph continue with blowing and drifting snow likely. Temperatures remain in the single digits northwest of Tulsa, with wind chills below zero from Tulsa to the north and west.
11:02 p.m. update:
A large band of snow extends from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles across southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Locally, the heaviest snow is located across Pawnee and Osage counties and is moving east. Snow will continue to increase in coverage and intensity overnight. Wind gusts at 11p.m. are strongest northwest of Tulsa where gusts have exceeded 25 mph. Wind chills are now below zero from Tulsa to the northwest.
10:21 p.m. update:
Meteorologist Andy Wallace reports to have a blizzard winds must sustain or frequently gust to 35 mph. Our winds will be mainly in the mid-20s.
9:36 p.m. update:
Chief Meteorologist Dan Threlkeld reports moderate to heavy snow moving into Washington and Osage counties. Light snow is falling in Tulsa, with heavy snow hitting around midnight. Expect some gusty winds between 15 and 30 mph at times overnight. Those winds will decrease at daybreak.
8:56 p.m. update:
Chief Meteorologist Dan Threlkeld walked outside the studios and reported seeing light snow flurries and lots of wind here on Brookside. Meteorologist Andy Wallace says there is steady snow in Osage and Pawnee counties, and that the new data suggests the metro will see between 4" to 9".
8:07 p.m. update:
now northwest of a line from Miami to Bartlesville to Stillwater. This is tracking east. We will expect snow to develop south over the next few hours. Winds in this area are north at 15-25 mph, so blowing and drifting snow will be likely. WInd chills have dropped below zero northwest of I-44, and range from -15 to -25 in the panhandle and northwest.
6:50 p.m. update
Wichita area has seen 5" of snow, while parts of central Kansas have seen up to a foot. Temperatures in southwest Kansas are already below zero. Expect snow in Tulsa after 10 p.m.
5:30 p.m. update
Just finished the 5pm newscast. Told veiwers the storm is slowing down. May not see snow in Tulsa until 10pm. This give folks a chance to prepare. Enid now has some snow. They have dropped to 16 with a wind chill of minus 2. Some flurries now in Clinton. Interesting that the clouds didn't make it all the way to southern Oklahoma. At 5pm McAlester was sunny and 46.
I keep watching our camera in Independence, but still no snow. Coffeyville is now at 12 and falling.
Winds will be a factor tonight. Gusting to 25 mph. That will reduce visibility and create drifts. Still feeling pretty good about my 5" to 9" forecast for the Tulsa area. The storm should move out around 1pm or 2pm.
More pipe busting cold for Thursday morning. Lows below zero. The 7 Day should brighten your spirits. 20s for Thursday, 30s for Friday, 40s for Saturday, and highs in the 50s on Sunday.
3:57 p.m. update:
Temperatures continue to drop in Kansas. Chanute now has snow and 9 degrees. In Pittsburg, KS they now have snow flurries and 12 degrees. Colder air and heavier snow is now in the Oklahoma panhandle. Guymon has 3 degrees with heavy snow and a wind chill of minus 19. Tulsa is cloudy and 26, that will likely be our high for the day.
The surface low is well to our southwest. It will lift ENE this evening. In the upper levels of the atmosphere a strong storm system moves over our area tonight and that will really get the snow going. I delayed the start of the snow until about 8pm or 9pm tonight. Heaviest will be after midnight.
I finished up my forecast. Now going 5" to 9" for the Tulsa area. That is 1" more than what I was forecasting 24 hour ago. Tonight's low in Tulsa down to 10. Tomorrow's high only 18.
2:49 p.m. update:
Vipir 2 HD showing an intense band of snow in southern Kansas. This narrow strip of heavy snow is producing snowfall rates of 1/2" to 1" per hour. That is some very heavy snow. It is moving more east than south. This line will likely weaken some as it begins to slowly move south later this evening. Expect the snow to begin in the Tulsa area by 8pm. The surface low continues to dive south. Later the models lift the low to the NE and that is when our heaviest snow will begin. I'm forecasting 5" to 9" of snow in Tulsa with areas to our southwest picking up over 9". The storm will rapidly move out in the early afternoon hours on Wednesday. Snow should end in Tulsa by 2pm. - Dan Threlkeld
1:45 p.m. update:
The snow is increasing in Kansas. At 1pm Wichita had snow and the temperature had fallen to 8 degrees. Their wind chill was a numbing minus 10. Light snow is now being reported in Woodward, in N.W. Oklahoma. They are sitting at 18 but by morning will be near zero. Though radar shows snow in extreme NE Oklahoma, it is not reaching the ground, at least not yet. Coffeyville is cloudy with no snow yet, and it is 14. Just to the north of Independence in Chanute, they have heavy snow falling. Expect our snow to move in around dark. Our heaviest snow will fall after midnight into early Wednesday morning.
10:30 a.m. update:
NWS has upgraded SE Kansas from a Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning. This is in effect now and will run until Noon on Wednesday. 4-8" possible in these locations.
Winter Storm Warning remains for all of our Oklahoma counties from 6pm tonight-9pm Wednesday.
9:45 a.m. update:
Clouds continue to stream into our skies in advance of the strong storm system coming our way. A few snow showers are trying to develop along the Oklahoma-Kansas state line, near Independence, KS and Northern Osage county. More snow will develop through the afternoon. The really heavy snow starts after midnight into Wednesday morning. Widespread totals of 4-8 inches still look likely with some higher amounts around 10 inches.
8:30 a.m. update:
Getting reports of 3"+ of snow in the past 3 hours in Central Kansas around McPherson and Salina. Highway 156 covered and snow starting to drift.
Oklahoma reporting statewide observations of clouds rolling through the state, but no reports of snow. With time snow will fill in from NW to SE. We will see it coming.
Low pressure shifting slowly south.
7:30 a.m. update :
Strengthening low pressure is centered over New Mexico. This morning it is spreading snow into Southern Colorado and Kansas. Snow is reported from Dodge City, KS to Garden city, to Wichita. Blowing snow reported at Wichita Airport. A thin band
of snow is trying to form in Central Oklahoma. It is possible we receive some light snow or flurries from this, but the main snow is still on track to arrive this evening - Julie Chin.
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