Gov. Fallin declares state of emergency due to ice, snow ahead in Oklahoma
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Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Thursday for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to severe, wintry weather predicted for the state.
Storms with snow, ice and freezing rain are expected to impact different parts of the state through the weekend.
“Because the weather event may include dangerous road conditions and power outages, this state of emergency is being issued in advance of the storm to allow emergency management and other partners to preposition resources,” according to a statement from Gov. Fallin’s office.
Freezing drizzle is expected to start falling in western and central Oklahoma Friday night, and snow is ahead early Saturday, the National Weather Service reported.
A winter storm watch is in effect for most of the state from 6 a.m. Friday to midnight Saturday. From 3 inches to 6 inches of snow is possible across parts of western, northern and central Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, Thursday will be cloudy with temperatures in the 40s with a chance for rain.
The Oklahoma City forecast follows:
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of rain after 3 p.m. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 46 by 5 p.m. North wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday night: A slight chance of drizzle or freezing drizzle after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 30. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.
Friday: A 40 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Friday night: Rain or freezing rain before midnight, then snow and sleet. Low around 28. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Saturday: Snow and sleet, becoming all snow after noon. High near 29. North, northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.
Saturday night: Snow likely before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 38.