The new year is starting off on a frigid foot.
According to the National Weather Service,much of the state went under a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory on Wednesday, and most of south central Oklahoma will be under a warning until early Friday. Carter, Murray, Garvin and Pontotoc counties are all under a winter storm warning.
Love County Emergency Management Director AshLeigh Gillham said her strategy is to monitor the situation as the weather changes, watch NWS reports and stay in contact with first responders.
“For Love County, we’re just seeing some freezing drizzle across the county right now,” Gillham said.
Love, Marshall, Bryan and Johnston counties, among others, will be under a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. Friday. Portions of central, southern, southwest and western Oklahoma can expect a wintry mix, along with parts of Texas.
“In the Norman area, we’re getting reports that roads are getting slick really quick,” Gillham said. “As the day goes on, it’s probably going to get worse.”
For Carter and Love County, Gillham said she expects frigid conditions by midnight Wednesday in much of central Oklahoma, and expects snow, sleet, or freezing rain to continue throughout Thursday.
“The next wave is starting up, once it reaches us we’ll probably get some of the snow,” GIllham said.
She said the storm will likely calm down by Thursday evening, but Love County may see rain that will freeze on the ground before Friday morning.
“It might freeze then thaw through the rest of the day,” Gillham said.