The following was released Wednesday by Don Lynch, Shawnee's emergency management director:
The National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch for our area to a Winter Storm Warning effective 6 a.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday.
There will be two waves of winter precipitation affecting our area. The first starts Thursday morning and ends Thursday afternoon. Light freezing rain is expected in our area-similar to the last winter storm we experienced. Up to 1/10th of an inch of accumulation is possible. This will mainly impact bridges and overpasses. The drive into work should be fine, while the drive home should be mostly OK again with issues potentially on bridges and overpasses.
The second wave begins around 10 p.m. Thursday and continues through midday Friday. Mostly sleet changing over to snow by storm's end is forecast for our area. Up to one inch of sleet accumulation is forecast. Travel conditions will be dangerous area-wide.
By the end of the storm, up to 1/4 inch of ice and up to 3 inches of snow are possible across Pottawatomie County.
Winds will remain around or below 15 MPH. So blowing snow should not be too much of a problem.
However, the winds will combine with below freezing temperatures to create very cold wind chill temperatures.
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until Tuesday afternoon next week.
Those traveling to Stillwater for the Bedlam Game need to remember that road conditions will be dangerous. A pocket of heavier snow is expected to affect the Stillwater area with 4 to 6 inches of snow possible. Any snow that falls will not melt until next week. Temperatures and Wind Chills are going to be in the single or negative digits.