Tulsa NWS Snow Reports

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
1257 PM CST FRI MAR 7 2008

…IMPACT STATEMENT FOR MARCH 6 AND 7 SNOW EVENT…

A SUMMARY MAP OF SNOWFALL REPORTS AND ESTIMATES IS AVAILABLE ON
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA WEB PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:

WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/TSA/WEATHER-EVENTS/SNOWACCUM_MAR608.HTM

HEAVY SNOW OCCURRED THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT ACROSS SOUTHEAST
OKLAHOMA…WEST CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS.

A LARGE SWATH OF MORE THAN FOUR INCHES OCCURRED FROM
CHOCTAW…PUSHMATAHA AND SOUTHERN PITTSBURG COUNTY…STRETCHING
NORTHEAST ACROSS THE FORT SMITH AREA TO CARROLL COUNTY ARKANSAS.
WITHIN THAT AREA OF SNOW…AMOUNTS AS HIGH AS 10 TO 14 INCHES WERE
REPORTED OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN LE FLORE COUNTY AND SOUTHERN
SEBASTIAN COUNTY. NON-QUANTIFIED ESTIMATES OF GREATER SNOWFALL
ALONG THE RIDGE TOPS OF LE FLORE COUNTY WERE ALSO RECEIVED AND
HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED BY RADAR PRECIPITATION ESTIMATES.

NUMEROUS ROADS AND ESPECIALLY RURAL ROADS BECAME IMPASSABLE BY
THURSDAY EVENING OVER PORTIONS OF LE FLORE AND SOUTHERN SEBASTIAN
COUNTIES. SOME MOTORISTS WERE STRANDED AT TIMES…AND REQUIRED
TOWING SERVICES.

POWER OUTAGES WERE ALSO REPORTED…IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN LE FLORE
AND SOUTHERN SEBASTIAN COUNTIES…DUE TO THE HEAVY SNOW AFFECTING
TREES AND POWER LINES.

SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES IN SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WERE OBSERVED BETWEEN
VALLEYS AND RIDGE TOPS FROM PUSHMATAHA AND LE FLORE COUNTIES
…NORTHEASTWARD TO MADISON AND CARROLL COUNTIES. ELEVATION
DIFFERENCES OF EVEN ONE THOUSAND FEET RESULTED IN LITTLE OR NO
MELTING NEAR THE RIDGE TOPS DURING THE EVENT…WHILE SOME MELTING
OF THE SNOWFALL DID OCCUR IN THE VALLEYS. IN FACT…RADAR ENHANCED
SNOWFALL ESTIMATES INDICATE AS MUCH AS 20 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ON
RIDGE TOPS IN SOUTHERN LE FLORE COUNTY.

SNOWFALL REPORTS

14 INCHES NEAR PAGE IN LE FLORE COUNTY
12 INCHES IN DAYTON IN SEBASTIAN COUNTY
10 INCHES IN MANSFIELD IN SEBASTIAN COUNTY
9 INCHES IN HONOBIA IN LE FLORE COUNTY
7 INCHES IN GREENWOOD IN SEBASTIAN COUNTY
6 INCHES IN KINGSTON IN MADISON COUNTY
6 INCHES 5 MILES NORTHWEST OF KENT IN CHOCTAW COUNTY
5 INCHES IN THE FORT SMITH AREA OF SEBASTIAN COUNTY
3 INCHES IN ANTLERS IN PUSHMATAHA COUNTY

ADDITIONAL REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
TULSA WEB SITE.

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