Frigid Forecast for Metro

Monday, December 8th 2008, 1:05 pm
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

Temperatures are expected to plunge into the 20s this afternoon as a cold front moves through the state.

The winter weather system blanked the northwestern part of the state with snow this morning. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reporting slick and hazardous road conditions in the area. Click here for the latest road conditions for the state.

There were no reports of serious injuries as a result of moderate to heavy blowing snow in Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper and Ellis counties early Tuesday morning, but state troopers worked about a half dozen crashes. Also, about 15 cars skidded off the road by 10 a.m., said Capt. Darrell Jordan with Troop I in northwest Oklahoma.

"In some areas, the snow is packing and it's getting a little slick," Jordan said. "The snow is starting to cover the roads a little bit, and visibility is an issue."

Travel along highways in Woodward County was limited to about 40 mph as snow continued to fall early Tuesday, said Woodward police officer Matt Lehenbauer.

Temperatures were in the 20s in northwest Oklahoma, and in the 30s across central portions of the state.

"All of the roads are fairly hazardous," Lehenbauer said. "Visibility is down to a quarter of a mile, so it's pretty rough conditions traveling right now."

There is a chance for rain changing into snow later this afternoon for the rest of the state.

Temperatures will rapidly plummet into the 20s and 30s behind the cold front Tuesday afternoon. Northerly winds along and behind the front howling at 20-30 mph will result in nearly constant wind chill values in the teens and 20s for the remainder of the day. Snow flurries may linger into Tuesday night.