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Winter Weather Advisory Extended As More Heavy Snow Falls Across Oklahoma Saturday

Updated 3:17 p.m.

Saturday afternoon the Norman forecast office of the National Weather Service extended the Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Sleet will likely continue Saturday afternoon, eventually changing over to freezing rain between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. as lows fall to the upper 20s. Little to no sleet accumulation is expected.

Sunday morning there's a possibility of freezing rain before 7 a.m., but that should change over to just rain as much warmer temperatures arrive. Highs will be around 43 degrees.

Updated 10:52 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a new Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. Saturday for most of the state as more heavy snow fell across the region Saturday morning.

Road conditions remain slick and hazardous, and many streets contain a layer of ice under a dense snow pack.

Updated Feb,. 27, 2015 3:06 p.m.

Another round of wintry weather has arrived in Oklahoma, but forecasters expect the snowfall to be over by the Friday afternoon commute.

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. Friday for northwestern and southern Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma announced it would close at 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City, Moore, Putnam City,  and Norman Public Schools canceled all evening activities Friday and Saturday.

State agencies in central Oklahoma reduced non-essential services at 2 p.m., and many other area businesses started to close Friday afternoon as road conditions deteriorated. The City of Oklahoma City has 29 trucks treating central Oklahoma's regional snow routes.

Several travelers on Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas reported significant delays, especially in Southern Oklahoma near the Red River.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is treating roads with salt and sand throughout the region. To check the current road conditions in Oklahoma, the Department of Public Safety has set up a hotline at (888) 425-2385.

Out-of-state road conditions:

NWS Norman Forecast Office meteorologist Ryan Barnes say anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow are possible.
“Most locations should remain below two inches, although locally higher amounts will be possible, specifically along and south of the Red River,” Barnes says. “By Saturday morning, precipitation types will slowly start to change as the atmosphere begins to warm a bit.”

That will lead to freezing rain, snow and sleet across the southern half of the state.

“Those travelling during the day Saturday, especially along and north of [Interstate] 40, should be prepared to encounter slick roadways and reduced visibility due to falling snow.”

The rain and freezing rain will slowly shift northward Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

Forecasters continue to say predicting exactly what type of precipitation will fall late this weekend and early next week is challenging, because it all depends on just how warm the atmosphere is.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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