• Emilie Kemp

Snowstorms about to hit Weatherford - 8 to 12 inches of snow expected

Updated: Feb 16

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By Emilie Kemp

For The Southwestern

This week has been a whirlwind of ice, snow, and freezing cold temperatures. The weekend of Feb. 13-14 will be getting worse as two snowstorms are expected to hit Northwest Oklahoma.

The first will be through Friday - with a short break before an even stronger storm comes in Saturday night into Sunday morning.

On Friday, the temperature high is expected to be 13 degrees with a wind chill of -11 degrees. Throughout the day, there will be flurries and slight snowfall. Temperatures will remain in the teens or lower throughout the weekend. Weatherford is predicted to get 8 to 12 inches of snow.

Don't stay outside for too long

This kind of weather brings its own dangers. The National Weather Service has provided some tips and tricks on their website on how to be prepared for winter weather.

During winter weather like this, it is important not to spend too much time outside for extended periods of time. With the temperatures and wind chills, there is a possibility of hypothermia. Signs of hypothermia include confusion, shivering, difficulty speaking, sleepiness, and stiff muscles.

If traveling is necessary, make sure the vehicle has an emergency kit with some suggested items like a blanket, first aid kit, and some kind of nonperishable food. Check the road conditions before leaving a location and make sure others will know your destination of travel and approximately how long the drive will take. When road conditions are hazardous, do not travel unless absolutely necessary to prevent potential harm to yourself and others.

To stay weather aware, there are multiple TV news stations to watch including News 9 and 5. Apps are also a good idea to put on a phone to keep weather aware if a TV is not available.

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