Winter weather is coming to Oklahoma

Winter storm warnings are in effect Tuesday morning in parts of northeastern Oklahoma as winter weather sweeps across the state.

When does the snow start in the green country?

A few small showers are possible in the early hours of Tuesday morning before the rain currently dominating the southwest and central state makes its way to the Green Country around 9 and 10 a.m., according to weather forecaster Alan Crone

A mix of rain and snow is expected between 12 and 2 p.m. before turning to mostly snow around 3 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Which areas are under a winter storm warning?

Several counties in Northeast Oklahoma are currently on a winter storm warning. The alert applies to the following counties: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pushmataha, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa and Wagoner.

Typically, the criteria for a winter storm warning is four inches of projected snow or slightly higher, according to Alan Crone.

Several counties in Northeast Oklahoma are also subject to a winter weather advisor. The recommendation applies to the following counties: Nowata, Osage, Pawnee and Washington.

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How much snow will fall?

Meteorologist Alan Crone is tracking the potential for some moderate to heavy snow bands on both sides of I-40 during the afternoon and evening hours Tuesday.

Alan Crone says high snow levels are not expected in areas far north of Tulsa. Less than 1 inch of snowfall is expected in areas north of Independence, Kansas and Coffeeville Tuesday night.

Most of the central and northern Tulsa County area can expect 2 to 4 inches of snowfall.

Higher snowfall levels are expected from southern portions of Tulsa County into east-central Oklahoma, where some heavier snow bands are expected Tuesday night. Alan Crone says these areas could see between 4 and 7 inches of snow.

Alan Crone says snow banding can lead to large variations in accumulation.

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Will the snow affect my commute?

Significant weather disruptions are not expected for drivers Tuesday morning but Alan Crone says drivers could experience some muddy conditions on the road in the afternoon and evening.

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How long does the winter weather last?

Snow is expected to fall into the evening hours on Tuesday and the area is expected to leave around 1am on Wednesday morning. Alan Crone says some light gusts of wind could persist in the far eastern areas of the state Wednesday morning.

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Is my student’s school closed due to winter weather?

Some Northeast Oklahoma schools have closed or switched to distance learning due to predicted winter weather.

Stroud Public Schools students will transition to distance learning on Tuesday. According to the district, the decision was made due to the forecast snowfall. The district says co-op buses will not go to Cushing and Drumirght on Tuesday.

Drumright Public Schools has canceled all Tuesday classes due to possible winter weather. According to the district, there will be no virtual or distance learning on Tuesday. The district also says all extracurricular activities will be rescheduled.

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