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Winter weather advisory issued for state

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(AP) With local reports - The National Weather Service says freezing rain and ice are possible from a storm system poised to move through Oklahoma.


A winter weather advisory is in place for much of Oklahoma from 6 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Saturday. Forecasters say freezing rain is expected to develop behind a cold front late today and early Friday.


Although today’s high in Altus was expected to be around 73 degrees, the low is forecast for 29. Friday is to be mostly cloudy with a chance of light freezing rain, and much colder, with the highs only in the lower 30s. North winds will be 20 to 30 mph. The chance for precipitation is 50 percent. Friday night in Altus could see light freezing rain and very light freezing drizzle. Lows will be in the upper 20s. North winds will be 15 to 20 mph, and the chance for rain precipitation will be 40 percent.


Saturday’s forecast for the Altus area shows no chance of precipitation, but Sunday has another 50 percent chance for frozen mix during the day, and 30 percent in the evening.


Highs for the Altus area area for next week will range from the mid 40s to lower 50s, and precipitation is not in the forecast. Thanksgiving day should be partly cloudy with a high of 51 and a low of 30.


The weather service says ice accumulation of one-tenth of an inch is possible in some areas of the state on Friday. The wintry precipitation is predicted to cause dangerous driving conditions during the Friday morning commute.


Rain and thunderstorms are possible today before the temperature drops. Forecasters say southern Oklahoma could see isolated severe storms and large hail before the cold front moves through. ALERTS


There is an ‘Oklahoma Weather Notification System’ available through the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. Residents of Oklahoma can receive immediate access to National Weather Service alerts during severe weather season and throughout the year. This service is free to the public, and subscribers can receive weather alerts for up to five counties sent to their email addresses and/or mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs. (Standard text-messaging rates apply.) Alerts available to receive include those for all winter weather-related occurrences, flash flood warnings, storm warnings and/or watches, and tornado warnings and/or watches. To create an account, visit https://www.ok.gov/notifications/index.php

Winter Preparedness Checklist
Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and snow days highlight any family’s readiness for cold weather.
Take time now to review your family’s emergency preparedness with this Winter Preparedness Checklist:
Outside the Home: Snow shovel, de-icing compound and waterproof floor mats


Inside the Home: Food that doesn’t need heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups, stews, cereal and energy bars; a manual can opener; a gallon of water per person per day; flashlights and batteries; battery-powered radio/clock; First aid kit; four-day supply of prescription medications; blankets and cold weather clothing; additional pet food and water.
On the Road: Check antifreeze, check/replace older batteries, keep gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line, check tires and spare tire for proper inflation. Emergency supplies to keep in the vehicle include an ice scraper, and jumper cables.

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