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December 23, 2012

State could see a white Christmas

NORMAN — Snow could fall across parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma on Christmas, potentially creating problems for holiday drivers, the National Weather Service in Norman warned Saturday.

Meteorologists across the region advised people to pay close attention to updated forecasts throughout the weekend.

“If you are planning to travel across the southern Plains for the upcoming holiday week ... have a contingency plan in place and prepare for weather-related delays and cancellations,” the National Weather Service office in Norman said in a news release.

Snow is expected to start falling in Oklahoma late Monday and continue Tuesday as the storm barges into Arkansas, meteorologists said.

Parts of southeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas could see 3 to 5 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service office in Tulsa, Okla.

“With that kind of snowfall, it’s going to cause some travel problems,” NWSmeteorologist Craig Sullivan said. “The temperatures are going to be significantly below freezing, so whatever falls is going to accumulate on the roadways pretty quickly.”

Travel will be affected in areas of Oklahoma and Arkansas Christmas Day,” said Sullivan, who works in the Tulsa office.

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