The FOX23 Severe Weather team is tracking rain and some freezing rain to wrap up the work week and move into the weekend for Green Country.
An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Tulsa, Ottawa, Rogers, and Creek counties until 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Craig, Nowata, Osage, Pawnee, and Washington counties until Sunday at 6 a.m.
A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect for Delaware, Mayes, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, and Wagoner counties until 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
As these advisories and warnings get updated, we will updated this list here and on the air.
FOX23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott breaks down the rain and freezing rain moving through on Saturday:
- Freezing temperatures through Saturday morning along and to the northwest of Interstate 44.
- Once rain starts to fall in those locations below freezing, icing will become a concern.
- Icing amounts will range from a trace to 1/10th of an inch in the advisory to more than 1/4 of an inch in the warned counties. Some higher amounts are likely where heavier rain falls.
- Behind the icing event, warmer air and more rain is expected. Widespread rainfall amounts of 2" - 5" look possible when all is said and done.
What we don't know:
- How long and where temperatures will remain below freezing. Warmer air a few thousand feet above the ground will impact the cold air below. But to what extent is still in question.
- Who will see the worst of the ice, who sees only a cold heavy rain?
- Will flooding become a concern late into the weekend and early next week.
- Forecast trends continue to point towards total rainfall amounts of 2-5 inches. This will be adjusted up or down as the event unfolds and better data become available. Stay Tuned!
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