Tuesday's snowflakes represent latest 'first snow' in area since 1930s
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Thursday, February 14, 2013
2/14/13 at 5:08 AM
Tulsa's first recorded snow of the winter fell Tuesday evening.
The snowfall might have been measurable in Tulsa, but just barely. The National Weather Service reported one-tenth of an inch of snow at its office near 11th Street and U.S. 169, the location for official snow measurement.
So far this winter, only a trace of snow or frozen precipitation has been recorded: twice in January and several days in December. The amount was never enough to measure adequately or accurately.
A storm system Tuesday brought a quarter-inch of rain to Tulsa, but with a high temperature of 44 and temperatures above freezing most of the day, it wasn't enough to make the transition to snow until late in the evening.
Even then, it was still too warm and the snowfall too brief to accumulate.
The last time the season's first measurable snowfall occurred this late in the winter was in 1931-32, when the first measurable snow fell in March. The total that season was three-tenths of an inch.
Areas west and north of Tulsa saw much more snow Tuesday. About 1 1/2 inches was reported in Osage County; Oklahoma City had 2 inches; and Enid and Woodward had 3. Some areas further west had snowfall totals in excess of 6 inches, officials said.
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