'Kind of like a game of Whack-a-Mole': Oklahoma forecasters unsure where snow will stick

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Oklahoma residents could see light snow and freezing temperatures Tuesday through Wednesday, but forecasters aren't sure where the worst will hit.

A cold front was projected to move through northern Oklahoma midday Monday and dive south by evening. Precipitation wasn't expected until Tuesday, with temperatures reaching as low as 21 degrees.

Alex Zwink, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman, said a dusting of snow will probably clip western Oklahoma Tuesday, but the short wave's path will be harder to predict as it progresses Wednesday.

"There's a pretty likely chance that we will see a very narrow band set up across the state of possibly up to two inches of snow," Zwink said. "But at this point, especially predicting where this narrow band is going to set up, it's kind of like a game of Whack-a-Mole, where every different model we run sets it up in a very different place."

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Some forecasting models projected snow would fall mostly from Enid to the Oklahoma City metro area, while others predicted the band would collect mostly around Lawton and further south near the Red River.

The National Weather Service is predicting chances of snowfall across Oklahoma early this week, but meteorologists are uncertain of which areas will experience the most snow.
The National Weather Service is predicting chances of snowfall across Oklahoma early this week, but meteorologists are uncertain of which areas will experience the most snow.

"It's one of those things where we'll really only know that Thursday morning after it's happened," Zwink said.

By Thursday, temperatures should be back in the 40s and 50s. But while the snowfall will be short-lived, meteorologists said residents should remain aware of travel conditions.

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"Make sure you take it slow, be careful, and take all of the necessary precautions," Zwink said.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Snow weather forecast in Oklahoma: Expect light snow, low temps

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