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Weekly Weather Watch – 22 February, 2022 

Welcome to this week’s OU Nightly Weekly Weather Watch! 

Norman, OK 

Perhaps there will be six more weeks of winter.

Another bout of winter weather will be pushing its way through Norman, OK, this week starting on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, and potentially lasting through Saturday, February 26, 2022.

All modes of winter precipitation are possible, but the two prominent modes will be freezing rain and sleet.

According to the National Weather Service Office in Norman, OK, this storm will be most impactful starting early Wednesday morning and lasting through the afternoon on Thursday.

During this time, travel will become hazardous due to the frozen precipitation sticking to the roads.

Because of this winter weather, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect starting 6 AM Wednesday morning and lasting until 6 PM Thursday afternoon.

Once this system pushes through, frigid cold temperatures will linger through the week with highs in the 20s and 30s.

However, by the weekend, the temperatures will climb into the 40s and 50s once a strong high pressure system moves in. 

With the threat of sleet and freezing rain causing power outages and dangerous travel conditions, many schools will likely be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Be sure to check your local TV station for updates on school closings. And as always, this forecast is likely to shift and change a bit, so be sure to check the NWS Norman, OK, social media pages and website for more information. 

Winter Weather 

A majority of the United States will be facing some kind of winter weather hazard.

Over in the West, there is a smattering of winter weather advisories ranging from Freeze Warnings in California to Winter Weather Advisories and Warnings in Utah to Winter Storm Watches in New Mexico.

Moving over into the Midwest and Northern Plains, a Wind Chill Advisory is plaguing Montana all the way down to Oklahoma.

According to the National Weather Service, the wind chills could range anywhere from “20 to 30 below zero.”

For northern Texas, all of Oklahoma, northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, and southern Illinois, a Winter Storm Advisory, Watch, and Warning is in place.

The main effects with this winter storm will be freezing rain and sleet.

As if all these winter weather advisories weren’t enough, the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes regions will be dealing with their own winter storm.

This storm is forecast to bring blizzard conditions for the eastern parts of the Dakotas and ice storm conditions to northern Michigan.

And last but not least, most of the state of Maine is under a Winter Storm Advisory. 

Severe Weather 

The Tennessee Valley is dealing with a severe weather threat Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Parts of northeastern Mississippi, northwestern Alabama, and southern Tennessee are under a Slight Risk for severe thunderstorms.

The main threats will be gusty winds, a tornado or two, and flooding.

That region under the Slight Risk and regions to the northeast are under a Flood Watch, and according to the NWS Office in Nashville, TN, there may be “excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.” 

Fire Weather 

As usual, the Southwest is dealing with fire weather conditions this week.

For Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a Critical Risk of wildfires for southern New Mexico.

Winds are expected to reach 25-35 miles per hour while the relative humidity values could drop as low as 8-15 percent.

However, the vegetation in southern New Mexico is not prime for wildfires, the risk is still there. 

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