Winter Storm Warning in Eastern Oklahoma

This alert expired on February 17, 2021 at 6:00:00 PM CST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Choctaw; Le Flore; Pushmataha

Posted February 17, 2021 at 2:44:00 PM CST

...Winter Storm Moving East...

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS
EVENING...

* WHAT...Snow diminishing to light snow today. Additional
accumulation generally less than one inch with isolated
amounts near 2 inches possible.

* WHERE...Portions of east central, northeast and southeast
Oklahoma and northwest and west central Arkansas.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM CST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Roadways may be snow packed across the region and
travel will continue to be very difficult.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...the extended duration of very cold
temperatures has resulted in unusual demand on the electrical
system across the region and rolling blackouts remain possible.
You are encouraged to find ways to conserve power over the next
few days until the arctic cold leaves.

Recommended actions

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.
In Arkansas, for the latest road conditions call 1-800-245-
1672 or go to idrivearkansas.com. In Oklahoma, for the latest
road conditions call 1-844-465-4997 or go to okRoads.org.
ready.gov

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
    Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
    Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
    Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
    If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
    If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
    You may have frostbite.
    When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
    Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
    Stay dry.
    Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

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