A winter storm packing freezing rain, ice and bitterly cold temperatures is forecast to descend on Oklahoma today and make travel treacherous through the weekend.
The National Weather Service said ice storm warnings are in effect through Sunday for western, central and far northeastern Oklahoma as a blast of arctic air moves across the state.
Weather officials are predicting a “crippling” storm with ice accumulation of up to three-quarters of an inch.
Additionally, weather officials are advising that residents in northeast Oklahoma have adequate food, water and medication to last through the duration of the storm.
According to the National Weather Service, power outages are likely.
Residents are advised to delay travel plans as roads are expected to become treacherous.
Forecasters said the arctic front will enter the state from the northwest Friday, dropping the state's unseasonably warm temperatures into the 20s and teens. Freezing rain is likely in the northwest and up to 2 inches of ice is expected to accumulate on roads, bridges and utility lines before the front exits the state on Sunday.
Meanwhile, showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma as the front approaches. Highs will range from the mid 20s in the far western Panhandle to the mid 60s in far southeastern Oklahoma.
Freezing rain is likely across western and central Oklahoma Friday night. Rain and isolated thunderstorms are likely in the southeast. Lows will range from the lower teens in the Panhandle to the upper 40s in far southeastern Oklahoma.
Saturday will be cloudy with occasional light freezing drizzle and freezing rain across much of Oklahoma. Rain and isolated thunderstorms are forecast for the southeastern corner of the state. Highs will range from the lower 20s in the Oklahoma Panhandle to the lower 60s in far southeastern Oklahoma. Lows will range from the teens to the 40s.
Sunday will be cloudy with freezing rain likely. There is a chance of light snow in western Oklahoma and rain is likely in far southeastern Oklahoma.
Highs will range from the mid teens in the far western Panhandle to the 50s in the southeast. Lows will range from the teens and 20s in northwestern and central Oklahoma to the 30s and 40s in the southeast.