A Blizzard Warning is now in effect for the KIOW listening area. A very strong artic cold front is sweeping across the area this afternoon and some additional light snow is possible. Extremely strong winds are expected this afternoon and evening. The fresh snow from the artic front along with falling snow and strong winds will combine to produce the potential for blizzard conditions. Brutally cold temperatures and wind chills are expected Sunday night through Tuesday.
Northwest winds have increased to 20 to 35 miles per hour this morning. They will continue to intensify from 35 miles per hour to nearly 50 miles per hour during the afternoon hours. Because of this, there will be extended periods of visibility which may get down to a quarter of a mile at times. This couple with the effect of the wind, may bring wind chills down to between -25 to -45 degrees.
Weather officials are saying that at those temperatures, the situation could become life threatening for any travelers and stranded motorists. Also those who are driving high profile vehicles may consider suspending travel for the time being.
A Blizzard Warning means that severe winter weather conditions are expected or are occurring. Whiteouts are expected in some areas and roadways can become quickly covered and hazardous. It is highly recommended that motorists stay home and not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, officials emphasize that you should stay in your vehicle and not try to venture out for assistance.
The National Weather Service expects to lift this warning at midnight tonight.