Weekly Weather Watch – 08 March, 2022 

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

Norman, OK 

The weather will take a turn to the cold side this week in Norman, OK.

Starting on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, and lasting through Friday, March 11, 2022, a round of cold weather will push through the Norman area.

This cold weather brings the chance of rain, snow, and a wintry mix across the state.

The best chance for winter precipitation in Norman will be Thursday, March 10, 2022, and Friday, March 11, 2022.

For Norman, OK, there looks to be mostly a wintry mix or snow that will pass through the area early in the morning on Friday, March 11, 2022.

This strong cold front will drop temperatures from the 50s down to the 30s.

However, by the weekend, temperatures will climb back into 50s and 60s with lots of sunshine. 

Winter Weather 

Parts of the United State are preparing for another winter storm.

Regions in the Northern and Central Rockies, as well as the Central Plains, are under a Winter Storm Warning, according to the National Weather Service.

In Chyenne, WY, the total snowfall accumulations are forecast to be anywhere from 12 to 18 inches.

The NWS Office in Chyenne, WY, offers this piece of advice for community members: “Outdoor enthusiasts including snow mobilers and hikers can expect very low visibility in moderate snow and blowing snow. Individuals could easily become disoriented and lost. The cold wind chills as low as 30 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.” 

The Central Plains will also be dealing with winter weather.

A Winter Storm Watch stretches all the way from northeastern Colorado to northwestern Missouri.

The NWS Office in Kansas City, MO, forecast “moderate to heavy snow possible [with] total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches possible.”  

As per usual, winter weather is everchanging, so the timing and total snowfall accumulations will change as the storm gets closer.

Be sure to tune into your local NWS Office and news station for the latest updates. 

Severe Weather 

This past weekend, severe weather struck parts of the central United States, bringing deadly tornadoes and other severe weather threats.

Though the severe weather threat has moved out of that specific area, it is now present in the South.

Today, March 8, 2022, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a Slight Risk for the Central Gulf Coast, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

The main threats associated with this round of severe weather will be gusty winds, small hail, and a possible tornado. 

For tomorrow, March 9, 2022, the Slight Risk is shifted to the east, covering Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Again, the SPC forecasts that “damaging wind, isolated hail, and a couple of tornadoes are all possible.” 

Fire Weather 

As if winter weather and severe weather were not enough, the conditions for fire weather will be ramping up this week.

For Wednesday, March 9, 2022, the Storm Prediction Center issued a Critical Risk for wildfires.

This Critical Risk is due to strong westerly winds, low relative humidity, and dry vegetation, so if anything were to catch on fire, the fire would rapidly spread. 

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