Welcome back Sooners! Here’s the new semester’s first OU Nightly Weekly Weather Watch!
It’s wintertime here in Oklahoma and the temperatures outside will start to feel like it early this week. Starting today, Tuesday January 25, 2022, and Wednesday January 26, 2022, temperatures will fall into the lower 40s and upper 30s, bringing along a chance of snow as well. The best chance of snow for Norman, OK, will be Wednesday especially in the afternoon hours. After Wednesday, however, the temperatures and conditions will start to rebound and those temperatures will start to climb into the upper 50s by the weekend. The rest of this week will be beautiful outside, so be sure to spend some time outdoors while the weather is nice!
Winter Storm for Parts of Central and Southern Plains
After the series of winter storms that battered the East Coast, parts of the Central and Southern Plains will get their turn. Parts of western Kansas, eastern Colorado, and northeastern New Mexico are under a Winter Storm Warning tonight, January 25, 2022, until 6 PM. According to the National Weather Service Office in Goodland, KS, total snow accumulation could range anywhere from “6 to 12 inches.” With this much snow falling, driving could be hazardous, so the NWS Goodland, KS, Office gives this piece of advice: “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.”
Wind Chill for the Upper Mississippi Valley
The Central and Southern Plains aren’t the only places getting chilly weather. Parts of the Upper Mississippi Valley are under Wind Chill Advisories and Warnings. Anywhere from North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana, and Ohio are under these advisories. The Wind Chill Warning covers eastern North Dakota, most of Minnesota, and northern Iowa with the main threat being wind chill values as low as 40 below zero. According to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities region in Minnesota, “the dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.” The Wind Chill Advisory covers quite a few more states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. These states will have wind chill values as low as 35 below zero. The National Weather Service Office in Green Bay, Wisconsin, gives this piece of advice to those going outdoors while this advisory is in effect: “Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.”