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Winter Weather Information

Released:Dec 05, 2050

Status: This page is created to notify residents about potential winter weather emergencies.


Latest Update

(Updated Dec. 7, 2018, at 1:18 p.m.) – Almost all the models are now showing little to no accumulation in our area. We will most likely see rain overnight with a transition to light snow showers throughout the day tomorrow (Saturday).

The roads will most likely be wet overnight and into tomorrow, so be sure to take it easy and allow for a little extra travel time, but we are not anticipating any travel issues.

Stay safe and stay warm.

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Winter Season Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Snow Advisory

  • Issued when accumulating snow of 2 to 4 inches is expected. An advisory may still be warranted if lesser accumulations will produce travel difficulties, especially early in the winter season.

Blowing Snow Advisory

  • Issued when blowing snow is expected to occasionally reduce visibilities to 1/4 mile or less with winds generally 25 to 34 mph. The event should last at least 3 hours.

Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory

  • Issued when winds of 25 to 34 mph are expected to be accompanied by falling snow and blowing snow, occasionally reducing the visibility to 1/4 mile or less. The event should last at least 3 hours.

Freezing Rain/Drizzle Advisory

  • Issued for freezing rain when ice accumulations are expected to cause travel problems, but not exceed 1/4".

Sleet Advisory

  • Issued for accumulating sleet of 1/4" to 1". Because sleet usually occurs with other precipitation types, a winter weather advisory will almost always be used in such cases.

Winter Weather Advisory

  • Issued for a winter weather event in which there is more than one hazard present, but all precipitation is expected to remain below warning criteria. For example, it would be issued if 2 inches of snow were expected with a small amount of sleet mixing in at times.

Wind Chill Advisory

  • Issued when wind chill values will reach -5°F to -19°F, with wind speeds around 10 mph or more.

Wind Chill Warning

  • Issued when wind chill values will reach -20°F or colder, with wind speeds around 10 mph or more. A Wind Chill Watch is issued when these conditions may be met 12 to 48 hours in the future.

Ice Storm Warning

  • Issued when a period of freezing rain is expected to produce ice accumulations of 1/4" or greater, or cause significant disruptions to travel or utilities.

Heavy Sleet Warning

  • Issued when a period of sleet is expected to produce ice accumulations of 1" or greater, or cause significant disruptions to travel or utilities.

Heavy Snow Warning

  • Issued when snow is expected to accumulate 4 inches or more in 12 hours, or 6 inches or more in 24 hours.

Winter Storm Warning

  • Issued for a winter weather event in which there is more than one hazard present, and one of the warning criteria listed above is expected to be met. For example, it would be issued if 5 inches of snow were expected in 12 hours, with some sleet mixing in at times. It is commonly issued for heavy snow with strong winds of 25-34 mph that will cause blowing and drifting of the snow. A Winter Storm Watch is issued when these conditions may be met 12 to 48 hours in the future.

Blizzard Warning

  • Issued for sustained wind or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow, frequently reducing visibility to less than 1/4 mile for three hours or more. A Blizzard Watch is issued when these conditions may be met 12 to 48 hours in the future.

Intersection & Roadway Closures

The following intersections and roadways are closed:

  • None

Tips During Winter Weather

  • Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.

  • Limit your time outside. If you need to go outside, then wear layers of warm clothing. Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.

  • Reduce the risk of a heart attack. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and begin treatment right away.

  • Check on neighbors. Older adults and young children are more at risk in extreme cold.


Resources


Media

City of Stillwater Severe Weather Notifications

City of Stillwater Online Services

Ready.gov PSA

How to Turn Off Your Utilities

  • Water

  • Electric

  • Oklahoma Natural Gas

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