Get Ready For Snow? David Payne's Winter Weather Forecast For Oklahoma

Chief Meteorologist David Payne breaks down years prior and this year's winter weather forecast in depth.

Thursday, November 16th 2023, 11:34 am

By: News 9


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After 3 years of La Nina, this year El Nino takes over. What will that look like?

Oklahoma has already seen its first freeze of the season. That means winter weather isn't too far behind.

Oklahoma had a record number of tornadoes back in February. We had big tornado days in March into April into May and even into June, we had flooding. It was a year of big hail here in Oklahoma. And then summer came roaring on with all kinds of heat. Here's the deal. We've been analyzing the data from around the globe, crunching the numbers, and putting it all together to look at exactly what's going to happen this winter. 

Going back to the last nine winters here in Oklahoma City. Last year, not a whole lot of snow. We had a little bit of ice and a little bit of sleet, but we had 3.4 inches of snow last winter.

The winter before that was a big one. It was a winter to remember with over 22 inches of snow in Oklahoma City. But notice going back the last nine years, some winters lots of snow, some winters, not so much. We had some ice in there so it can vary a lot in our biggest month. 

When we're looking at our snow averages, February is when we on average pick up our highest amount of snow. Last year was 3.4, the least ever. In 1934 we had a trace of snow that winter in Oklahoma City and the most ever 1948: 25.2 inches of snow. 

And as far as your temperatures for December, January, February, and early March, it will be a little bit colder than average with a little more precipitation.

It begins and ramps up in December but ramps up in January and February. The drought will improve and a few big ice and snow events will be coming our way.

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