Blizzard In NW Oklahoma Could Delay Holiday Travel

Monday, December 19th 2011, 8:35 am
By: News 9

Oklahomans planning to drive west or north may have to put their travel plans on hold for a few days due to a dangerous winter storm.

News 9 Meteorologist Jed Castles says a blizzard warning has been issued for the Oklahoma Panhandle, and a winter storm watch for five neighboring counties. The snow is expected to begin falling late in the morning or early in the afternoon on Monday. It should end on Tuesday.

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Jed says the storm will bring heavy snow, possibly between 6 and 16 inches. There will also be strong winds between 20 and 40 mph. Travel is not recommended.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says crews will work around the clock to clear the roads, and have about 130,000 tons of a salt and sand mixture at their disposal.

Central Oklahoma will see rain, but no snow.  Up to two inches of rain is expected to fall in the central part of the state.