Expected storm leaves barely a trace in Tulsa
BY ALTHEA PETERSON World Staff Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2012
12/27/12 at 5:04 AM
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After facing a winter storm warning at one point for Christmas, Tulsa ended up without snow on Tuesday.
Pete Snyder, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Tulsa, said the city 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.
Some areas of Arkansas saw more than 10 inches of snow accumulation, 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 there was plenty of moisture to 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.
Outside Tulsa, however, some parts of eastern to southeastern Oklahoma received up to 8 inches of snow.
Tulsa's forecast has chances of freezing rain and snow again on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Source: National Weather Service
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