NORMAN — While ice made roads treacherous on Friday night, any ice, snow or sleet is expected to move through the area leaving clear skies for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve, according to weather forecasters.
The National Weather Service reported late Friday that ice was expected to accumulate through the night with up to one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch total by this morning.
Icy roads contributed to accidents in the southern part of Oklahoma City and northern Cleveland County Friday night, but the freezing rain is expected to end by 7 a.m. this morning and temperatures should warm above freezing today as the main storm passes through.
The city is treating bridges and overpasses and worked through the night and will work around the clock until the storm moves out of the area, said Norman Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary
NWS meteorologist Forrest Mitchell said rain and sleet will change to snow as the day progresses into night.
“No accumulation of snow expected in Norman at this time, “ Mitchell said.
A dusting of snow will sheath the city and the storm system is expected to clear out by Sunday afternoon, warming to the mid 30s with winds about 15 miles per hour.
The weekend will end with a clear night and temperatures dropping to the teens by sunrise Monday morning.
That trend of clear skies and warming days should run through Friday.
Christmas Eve is expected to warm to the mid-40s, and night temperatures will drop to the upper 20s but “clear skies are expected with no restrictions in visibility for Santa crossing the state in his sleigh,” Mitchell said.
While that’s good news for all of the good boys and girls in Norman and the greater area of Cleveland County, Mitchell said there’s never any need for concern.
“Santa is equipped to handle any weather,” he said.
The rest of us would be well-advised to be cautious when walking or driving, keeping an eye out for icy patches and wet spots that refreeze as the temperature drops particularly on bridges or intersections.
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