A look back at Texoma's first winter storm of the season
(KTEN) – As if it was a stroke of luck, the first winter storm of the season moved through on January 24… my birthday!
Winter Storm Warnings were hoisted for our northern counties as well as Winter Weather Advisories for our North Texas and southern Oklahoma counties before the onset of wintry precipitation.
The Winter Storm Severity Index (WSSI) predicted moderate impacts to some portions of Texoma on January 24. Moderate impacts on this index includes hazardous traveling conditions as well as the possibilities of school closures and disruptions. Many school districts shut down on January 25 due to the possibility of unsafe driving conditions.
Precipitation started as a cold rain with temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s. The first counties to experience the rain/snow transition were our western counties, specifically Stephens and Jefferson counties.
The rain/snow line slowly traversed the region from west to east, eventually reaching Sherman by 7 p.m. and Durant by around 9 p.m.
Thanks to the slow progression, the rain/snow line did not reach areas like Paris and Idabel. Those areas did not see any snow accumulations from this recent bout of winter weather.
Up to 7 inches of snow fell in Roff, Oklahoma, located in Pontotoc County; 2 inches of snow was observed in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Collinsville, Texas.
A heavy, wet snow allowed for kids to easily build snowmen!
More than an inch of rain fell during the entire storm with both liquid and liquid equivalent (snow to liquid) measurements.
Hopefully, we will start to see a decrease in the prolonged drought conditions that have plagued Texoma for months.