Tulsa dips into freezing temperatures; Snow dusts southern Oklahoma
BY Staff and Wire Reports
Monday, December 10, 2012
12/10/12 at 12:14 PM
Snow missed Tulsa this morning, but hit other parts of the state.
Tulsa National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Darby said that trace amounts of snow between 4 and 6 a.m. this morning in Tuskahoma, located about 50 miles southeast of McAlester.
The Associated Press also reported a light mixture of snow and ice on Interstate 35 in the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma that was blamed for at least one traffic fatality and up to 40 separate crashes.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph told the AP that one person was killed in an accident in Love County on Monday morning, but she had no further details. Randolph said the accidents include one with no injuries involving a fire truck that was assisting with another accident.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokeswoman Brenda Perry said I-35 is slick and hazardous in Murray, Carter and Love counties.
In Tulsa this morning, temperatures sank to 22 degrees at about 8 a.m., with highs in the mid-30s forecast for this afternoon, according to the weather service. Lows in the teens are forecast for tonight.
Highs in Tulsa are expected to rise to the mid-40s on Tuesday, with overnight lows in the low 20s Tuesday night.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Tulsa's highs are forecast to rise to the mid-50s with overnight lows in the 30s.
Weekend highs in the Tulsa area forecast to start in the 60s, with overnight lows in the 40s Friday, then fall back to the 30s Saturday night, and highs in the 50s again Sunday, according to the weather service.
Tulsa's December started with three-straight days in the 70s, with 77 as the highest temperature on Dec. 1. The lowest temperature recorded in Tulsa before today was 29 degrees on Sunday, according to the weather service.
Tulsa received 0.01 of an inch of rain Sunday, bringing the month's total to 0.06 of an inch.
Tulsa's normal rainfall for this time of the month is 0.78 of an inch, according to the weather service.
Light gray areas on this 9:15 a.m. satellite image show snow in southern Oklahoma. About 3 inches was reported in the Arbuckle Mountains region, according to the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Courtesy
Minimum temperatures in the single digits were recorded this morning in Oklahoma's Panhandle. All areas of Oklahoma recorded freezing temperatures today, with the highest temperatures in the southeast corner. Map courtesy of the Oklaohma Mesonet