TULSA - The next dip in Green Country’s weather roller coaster track is a short one, but it could bring enough icy precipitation to make elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses dangerous Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Meteorologist Amy Jankowski with the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa tells KRMG the cold moves in Tuesday evening.
“The bottom kinds of drops out Tuesday night going into Wednesday,” she said. “We do have a little bit of a chance of maybe some wintry precipitation. At this time, maybe a mix of some freezing drizzle, maybe a little bit of sleet and snow near the Kansas border.”
She said the area along and north of I-44 is the primary area of concern for possible ice.
The good news is that most roadways will likely be okay, she added.
“It’s been so warm lately that the ground temperatures are pretty warm, so that will help keep any frozen precipitation from building up on main roadways. Now any elevated things like overpasses and bridges, they’ll be a little bit more susceptible to freezing because they don’t have the soil to help insulate them. So people still need to just be careful on those types of things, but most of the road should be okay,” Jankowski said.
The metro area will likely see an inch to an inch and a half of precipitation during the event, with areas further to the south and east getting perhaps as much as three inches.
That means the possibility of some flooding in low-lying areas, a possible concern for people traveling to the southeast part of the state, or perhaps into Arkansas.
KRMG will be closely tracking the system as it moves through, and will activate the KRMG StormCenter if necessary.