I just saw this as a NOAA weather alert on Weather.com for Oklahoma City. I must say that the National Weather Service is downright dramatic in giving this forecast. (and I got a feeling that I won’t be on the bicycle for a few days… cold is ok, but ice is where I draw the line)

I would be looking forward to this weather (I love being snowed in when you have plenty of food on hand, a heater that is working, and pot of homemade chilli on the stove) but since I have to get out on Wed & Thurs for finals I’m sorta dreading it. Bad timing for sure, particularly since OCU likely won’t cancel finals unless it is 20 below zero and the roads are completely impassable.

A DANGEROUS COMBINATION OF WIND AND COLD IS LIKELY BY MIDWEEK…AND SNOW MAY ADD TO THE WINTER MISERY.

THE CURRENT STRETCH OF UNSEASONABLY COLD WEATHER IS ONLY A SMALL TASTE OF WHAT IS EXPECTED LATER THIS WEEK. AN ARCTIC AIR MASS…NOW BUILDING OVER ALASKA AND NORTHWESTERN CANADA… WILL MOVE SOUTH INTO OKLAHOMA AND NORTH TEXAS TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY. THE LATEST FORECAST INFORMATION INDICATES THAT THE STRONGEST PUSH OF COLD AIR MAY NOT ARRIVE UNTIL LATE TUESDAY OR TUESDAY NIGHT. BUT ONCE IT GETS HERE… IT WILL PLUNGE TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILLS TO LEVELS THAT WILL RIVAL THE COLDEST WEATHER THIS AREA HAS SEEN IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. NEW FORECAST INFORMATION ALSO SUGGESTS THAT THE CHANCE OF SNOW…POSSIBLY INCLUDING ACCUMULATIONS…IS INCREASING AROUND MIDWEEK.

THE ARCTIC AIR MASS WILL BEGIN TO MOVE INTO OKLAHOMA DURING THE DAY ON TUESDAY… RESULTING IN FALLING TEMPERATURES BY AFTERNOON OVER NORTHERN OKLAHOMA… AND THEN FLOOD THE ENTIRE OKLAHOMA AND NORTH TEXAS AREA TUESDAY EVENING. TEMPERATURES WILL DROP INTO THE TEENS AND 20S BY MIDNIGHT TUESDAY NIGHT ACROSS ALL BUT FAR SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA…AND WIND CHILLS WILL FALL TO BETWEEN ZERO AND 20. TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY REMAIN BELOW FREEZING FROM LATE TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS ALL OF OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN NORTH TEXAS…AND WILL NOT GET OUT OF THE TEENS ON WEDNESDAY ACROSS MUCH OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN OKLAHOMA. THE COMBINATION OF WIND AND COLD WILL KEEP WIND CHILL VALUES IN THE DANGEROUS… AND POSSIBLY LIFE THREATENING… RANGE OF MINUS 5 TO PLUS 10 IN MOST AREAS FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. A SLOW WARMING TREND WILL BEGIN LATE IN THE WEEK… AS TEMPERATURES CLIMB BACK INTO THE MID TO UPPER 30S FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

CHANCES OF MOSTLY LIGHT SNOW WILL INCREASE ACROSS MAINLY NORTHERN OKLAHOMA TUESDAY EVENING… AND THEN CONTINUE TO INCREASE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY ACROSS A LARGER PART OF OKLAHOMA AND NORTH TEXAS. LATEST FORECAST DATA INDICATES THAT ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY…WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE MAINLY IN PARTS OF NORTHERN… CENTRAL… AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA. BLOWING SNOW ALSO MAY CONTRIBUTE TO HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. A STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPING OVER THE EASTERN ROCKIES AND MOVING INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS ON WEDNESDAY SHOWS SOME POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE HEAVIER AMOUNTS IN PARTS OF NORTHERN AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA.

IF YOU WILL NEED TO BE WORKING OUTDOORS OR ARE PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES…OR ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL LATER THIS WEEK… YOU SHOULD MAKE APPROPRIATE PLANS NOW AND TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE COLD. KEEP INFORMED OF THE LATEST WEATHER FORECAST INFORMATION AS THIS POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER EVENT CONTINUES TO DEVELOP.