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The Winter Storm of December 20-22, 2013

Synopsis

On Thursday, December 19th, a strong cold front swept south across the Central and Southern Plains region. This brought temperatures into the teens and twenties over much of Oklahoma by daybreak Friday, December 20th. With this area of cold air in place, the only missing ingredient for an ice storm was abundant moisture in the mid and upper troposphere.

While temperatures at the ground remaind at or below freezing, a potent upper low was taking shape over the southwestern U.S. As this upper level storm system nudged slowly eastward into eastern New Mexico and West Texas, it brought abundant moisture up and over the shallow sub-freezing surface airmass already in place. By mid to late afternoon, light shower activity was already developing over portions of southwestern and south central Oklahoma and north Texas. Some areas began to see a light glaze of ice before sunset Friday. With a continuous fetch of rich moisture in the mid levels, light to moderate rainfall persisted overnight on the 20th and finally ended by late morning on Saturday - Dec 21st. By that time, a large part of southwestern and central Oklahoma had seen a quarter inch or more of ice accumulation. Localized portions of central Oklahoma, including Fort Cobb in Caddo County saw between three quarters and one inch of ice. Due to the weight of the ice, sporadic power outages occurred, and numerous trees and/or tree limbs were toppled.

Finally, As the upper level storm departed, a deformation zone and heavy snow bands developed over far northwest Oklahoma Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning. While most areas only saw one to three inches of snow, portions of rural northwestern Harper county saw up to six inches of snow. Even after the low departed, prolonged freezing temperatures and cloud cover kept much of the ice and snow in place.

Storm Total Ice Accumulation Map

Storm Total Snow Map

Snow and Ice Reports

Ice Reports

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
344 AM CST SUN DEC 22 2013

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

1000 PM ICE STORM MIDWEST CITY 35.46N 97.37W
12/20/2013 OKLAHOMA OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/4 TO 1/3 INCH. FREEZING RAIN STILL
FALLING.

1200 AM ICE STORM OKLAHOMA CITY 35.47N 97.51W
12/21/2013 OKLAHOMA OK PUBLIC

SPORADIC REPORTS OF UP TO 1/2 INCH ICE ACCUMULATION ALONG
WITH DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND POWER OUTAGES. FREEZING RAIN
STILL FALLING AT TIME OF REPORT.

0212 AM ICE STORM STILLWATER 36.12N 97.06W
12/21/2013 PAYNE OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH IN STILLWATER.
FREEZING RAIN STILL FALLING.

0215 AM ICE STORM DUNCAN 34.52N 97.97W
12/21/2013 STEPHENS OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH WITH REPORTS OF
DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND POWER OUTAGES.

0230 AM ICE STORM NORMAN 35.22N 97.44W
12/21/2013 CLEVELAND OK NWS EMPLOYEE

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH. FREEZING RAIN STILL
FALLING.

0530 AM ICE STORM FORT SILL 34.66N 98.41W
12/21/2013 COMANCHE OK OTHER FEDERAL

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0730 AM ICE STORM MOORE 35.34N 97.49W
12/21/2013 CLEVELAND OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0730 AM ICE STORM ELGIN 34.78N 98.29W
12/21/2013 COMANCHE OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/4 TO 1/3 INCH REPORTED ON ELEVATED
SURFACES.

0800 AM ICE STORM CHOCTAW 35.48N 97.27W
12/21/2013 OKLAHOMA OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0800 AM ICE STORM 3 E SEMINOLE 35.23N 96.62W
12/21/2013 SEMINOLE OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/4 TO 1/3 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0800 AM FREEZING RAIN BLAIR 34.78N 99.33W
12/21/2013 E0.20 INCH JACKSON OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1/8 AND 1/4 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0800 AM ICE STORM NEWALLA 35.40N 97.17W
12/21/2013 OKLAHOMA OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0800 AM ICE STORM BETHEL ACRES 35.31N 97.04W
12/21/2013 POTTAWATOMIE OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0800 AM ICE STORM FLETCHER 34.82N 98.24W
12/21/2013 COMANCHE OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/2 TO 2/3 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0800 AM ICE STORM RUSH SPRINGS 34.78N 97.96W
12/21/2013 GRADY OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0800 AM FREEZING RAIN BURKBURNETT 34.08N 98.56W
12/21/2013 E0.20 INCH WICHITA TX PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1/8 AND 1/4 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0831 AM ICE STORM QUANAH 34.30N 99.74W
12/21/2013 HARDEMAN TX BROADCAST MEDIA

KOLJ RADIO REPORTS 0.45 INCHES OF ICE ON TREES AND POWER
LINES.

0844 AM ICE STORM NW NORMAN 35.22N 97.44W
12/21/2013 CLEVELAND OK NWS EMPLOYEE

ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 9/16 OF AN INCH ON TREE LIMBS

0900 AM ICE STORM EL RENO 35.53N 97.95W
12/21/2013 CANADIAN OK LAW ENFORCEMENT

OFF DUTY POLICE OFFICER REPORTS 1/2 TO 2/3 INCH ICE
ACCUMULATION ON ELEVATED SURFACES.

0900 AM ICE STORM 5 ESE TINKER AIR FORCE 35.39N 97.31W
12/21/2013 OKLAHOMA OK PUBLIC

PUBLIC REPORTS 0.25 INCHES OF ICE ACCUMULATION ON TREES
AND ELEVATED SURFACES.

0929 AM ICE STORM 1 E NORMAN 35.22N 97.42W
12/21/2013 CLEVELAND OK PUBLIC

3/8 INCH OF ICE ON TREE LIMBS.

1000 AM ICE STORM BRIDGE CREEK 35.23N 97.72W
12/21/2013 GRADY OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/4 TO 1/3 INCH ON TREES AND ELEVATED
SURFACES.

1000 AM ICE STORM 3 WNW NORMAN 35.24N 97.49W
12/21/2013 CLEVELAND OK PUBLIC

ESTIMATED 0.50IN OF ICE AT 36TH AND ROBINSON.

1100 AM ICE STORM HOBART 35.03N 99.09W
12/21/2013 KIOWA OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND ELEVATED
SURFACES. TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ALSO REPORTED.

1130 AM ICE STORM 8 N PRAGUE 35.60N 96.69W
12/21/2013 LINCOLN OK PUBLIC

3/8 INCH OF ICE ON ELEVATED SURFACES.

1200 PM FREEZING RAIN ANADARKO 35.07N 98.24W
12/21/2013 M0.96 INCH CADDO OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0.60 INCHES OF ICE ON WIRES AND TREE LIMBS.

1230 PM ICE STORM WEATHERFORD 35.53N 98.71W
12/21/2013 CUSTER OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATION OF 1/3 TO 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND ELEVATED
SURFACES.

1247 PM ICE STORM 1 E MOORE 35.34N 97.47W
12/21/2013 CLEVELAND OK NWS EMPLOYEE

NWS EMPLOYEE MEASURED 0.25 INCHES OF ICE.

0109 PM ICE STORM FORT COBB 35.10N 98.44W
12/21/2013 CADDO OK EMERGENCY MNGR

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MEASURED 0.75 INCHES OF ICE ON
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0230 PM ICE STORM STROUD 35.75N 96.66W
12/21/2013 LINCOLN OK PUBLIC

ICE ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 1/3 AND 1/2 INCH ON TREES AND
ELEVATED SURFACES.

0300 PM ICE STORM NEWCASTLE 35.25N 97.60W
12/21/2013 MCCLAIN OK NWS EMPLOYEE

OFF DUTY NWS EMPLOYEE REPORTED 1/2 INCH OF ICE ON TREES
AND ELEVATED SURFACES.

0730 PM FREEZING RAIN VANCE AIR FORCE BASE 36.34N 97.90W
12/21/2013 M0.40 INCH GARFIELD OK CO-OP OBSERVER

Snow Reports

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
206 PM CST SUN DEC 22 2013

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0700 AM SNOW LEEDEY 35.87N 99.35W
12/22/2013 M2.0 INCH DEWEY OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW JEFFERSON 36.72N 97.79W
12/22/2013 M1.2 INCH GRANT OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW LAVERNE 36.71N 99.90W
12/22/2013 M5.0 INCH HARPER OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW MOORELAND 36.44N 99.21W
12/22/2013 M3.0 INCH WOODWARD OK PUBLIC

0700 AM SNOW ALVA 36.80N 98.67W
12/22/2013 M1.0 INCH WOODS OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW ARNETT 36.14N 99.77W
12/22/2013 M2.0 INCH ELLIS OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0700 AM SNOW N ROSSTON 36.81N 99.93W
12/22/2013 M6.0 INCH HARPER OK COCORAHS

0700 AM SNOW MUTUAL 36.23N 99.17W
12/22/2013 M5.0 INCH WOODWARD OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0830 AM SNOW 1 SSW SHATTUCK 36.26N 99.89W
12/22/2013 M2.7 INCH ELLIS OK COCORAHS

0830 AM SNOW FREEDOM 36.77N 99.11W
12/22/2013 M1.0 INCH WOODS OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0830 AM SNOW LAVERNE 36.71N 99.90W
12/22/2013 M5.0 INCH HARPER OK CO-OP OBSERVER

0830 AM SNOW CHEROKEE 36.75N 98.35W
12/22/2013 E1.0 INCH ALFALFA OK LAW ENFORCEMENT

0830 AM SNOW FAIRVIEW 36.27N 98.48W
12/22/2013 E1.5 INCH MAJOR OK LAW ENFORCEMENT

0830 AM SNOW 1 SSW ORIENTA 36.35N 98.48W
12/22/2013 M3.0 INCH MAJOR OK CO-OP OBSERVER

Storm Photos

Alex, OK

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Bumpas

Bethel Acres, OK

Photo Courtesy of Carin Marcussen

Blair, OK

Photo Courtesy of Rick Curiel

Bridge Creek, OK

Photo Courtesy of Brittany Nicole

Chickasha, OK

Photo Courtesy of Doug Matlock

Dibble, OK

Photo Courtesy of Chance Plett

Duncan, OK

Photo Courtesy of Amy Solomon

Edmond, OK

Photo Courtesy of Dan DeGeus

Elgin, OK

Photo Courtesy of Christy Burgess

Fletcher, OK

Photo Courtesy of Donna Overacker

Ft. Sill, OK

Photo Courtesy of Jason Holden

Ft. Sill, OK

Photo Courtesy of Jason Holden

Midwest City, OK

Photo Courtesy of Chellie Mills

Moore, OK

Photo Courtesy of Chad Jarvis

Moore, OK

Photo Courtesy of Steve Center

Newalla, OK

Photo Courtesy of Susan Garrett

Newcastle, OK

Photo Courtesy of Kellie Raye

 

Norman, OK

Photo Courtesy of Brian Bauknecht

 
 

Norman, OK

Photo Courtesy of Haley StJohn
 
 

Norman, OK

Photo Courtesy of Mary Beth Atkinson
 
 

Norman, OK

Photo Courtesy of Kuster
 
 

Oklahoma City, OK

Photo Courtesy of Danielle Barber
 
 

Oklahoma City, OK

Photo Courtesy of Eli Farrar
 
 

Rush Springs, OK

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Ball
 
 

Seminole, OK

Photo Courtesy of Tena Stout
 
 

Stillwater, OK

Photo Courtesy of Michaela Bradt
 
 

Stroud, OK

Photo Courtesy of Delbert Humphries
 
 

Weatherford, OK

Photo Courtesy of Matt Holder
 
 

Yukon, OK

Photo Courtesy of Jeannie McDowell
 

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