No snow recorded on Christmas in Tulsa
BY Staff Reports
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
12/26/12 at 12:17 PM
After having a winter storm warning, then a winter storm advisory for Christmas in Tulsa County, Tulsa itself ended up without snow Tuesday.
Pete Snyder, Tulsa National Weather Service meteorologist, said Tulsa recorded trace amounts of freezing rain on Christmas, but no snow.
"By the time the storm developed enough to produce snowfall, it was east of us," Snyder said.
The heaviest area snow included more than 10 inches in some areas of Arkansas, according to the weather service.
"It missed us by maybe 175 miles to where the heavier snow was," Snyder said. "The moisture was just not in place when the cold air came in, but plenty of moisture to the east of us."
Tulsa has not recorded any snow since trace amounts March 8. The last measurable snowfall was 1.2 inches Feb. 13, according to the weather service.
Tulsa has only had 11 Christmases with any snowfall, with records dating back to 1900.
Tulsa's next chance for snow is Friday, when a 20 percent chance of snow and sleet before noon is forecast, with rain chances after noon. Additional slight snow chances are forecast for Monday and Tuesday, according to the weather service.
Highs are expected to reach the low 30s today, with overnight lows in the upper teens. Tulsa's highs are forecast to reach the upper 30s to mid-40s for the next week, with overnight lows in the mid-teens to upper 20s.
Tulsa's highest temperature so far this month was 77 degrees Dec. 1. The lowest was 20 both Dec. 11 and Friday.
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Snowfall totals on Christmas for the Tulsa area. Map courtesy of the National Weather Service
This National Weather Service map shows 24-hour snowfall in the Midwest. Courtesy