Weather and Climate

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Oklahoma could be in store for a light round of winter weather over the weekend.

The National Weather Service says starting late Friday night rain and snow could start to develop over western Oklahoma and move east into central and southern parts of the state. Norman Forecast Office senior forecaster Michael Scotten says precipitation chances will increase mainly after midnight.

A tornado struck the Best Value Inn on Southeast 44th Street and Interstate 35
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Four weather events that affected Oklahoma made the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s list of disasters that cost at least a $1 billion in 2015. 10 events, ranging from drought to record flooding resulted in damage costing more than 10 figures.

Edmond Police Department / Twitter

Thunderstorms, blizzards, flooding — Oklahoma saw them all last month, and the cost of responding to them is adding up for the department of transportation.

"Our storm-related activities has cost the agency $1.6 million during the month of December," said ODOT Director Mike Patterson. "The bulk of that, $1.4 million, has come in since Christmas Day."

ODOT sent crews out to treat slick roads and help motorists navigate highways with lanes closed because of ice and snow. They’re also assessing damage caused by ice storms and heavy rain.

Flooding along 36th Ave. NW and Telephone Road between Indian Hills Road and SW 34th Street at the border between Norman and Moore.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma had its wettest year on record in 2015, and the year brought the third highest total for tornadoes in the state and was the 17th warmest year on record.

Wild Weather Linked To El Niño Marks Year's End

Dec 30, 2015

NASA warned today that the effects of the current El Niño could be just as bad as 1998, the strongest on record.

El Niño brings warm waters from the central Pacific toward north and South America. The phenomenon has been linked to floods and unusually warm temperatures in the northern hemisphere.

Here & Now’s Robin Young asks BBC meteorologist Peter Gibbs to put it all into perspective for us.

Flooding along the Illinois River on U.S. Highway 62 near Tahlequah.
Amanda Clinton / Twitter

Flooding December 26-28 caps off a year that saw the Illinois River damaged by extreme rainfall time after time as Oklahoma’s five-year drought gave way to apowerful El Niño that’s been bringing strong storm systems through the state since May 2015.

Wild Weather Kills At Least 43

Dec 28, 2015

Deadly tornadoes and flash flooding have killed at least 43 people in the U.S. over the past week, and severe storms will continue today in part of the Southeast.

Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti talks to Clay Jenkins, Dallas County judge in Texas, where at least 11 people died after tornadoes swept through on Saturday.

Flood damage on Chewy Road, just east of State Highway 10, in northeast Oklahoma.
Amanda Clinton / Twitter

Thousands of residents in Oklahoma remain without power after a winter storm battered the state Sunday night and early Monday morning, leading to at least three deaths and injuring more than 100.

Updated December 29, 1:49 p.m.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service forecasts a variety of dangerous weather conditions across Oklahoma into Monday.

National Weather Service

Updated 5:45 p.m.: Winter Storm and Flood Watches Issued 

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for western and central Oklahoma as a strong storm system approaches the state.

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