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NWS ends blizzard warning: Travel discouraged due to ice

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Drivers creep along on Hwy. 287 in Henrietta Tuesday. A blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight.

All NWS weather advisories have been canceled, snow has left the area. Travel discouraged as Hwy. 287 remains extremely dangerous due to ice. DPS continues to work numerous accidents.

The National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., has issued a blizzard warning for Clay County and the surrounding area, effective until midnight tonight.

The winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.

Blizzard conditions from snow, blowing snow and strong winds will limit visibility to below one quarter-mile at times through this evening.

The heaviest snow will occur through 6 p.m. before tapering to flurries. However, blizzard conditions will likely continue during the evening hours due to strong winds. Improving conditions will occur after midnight as winds diminish.

The combination of total snow accumulations of 2-6 inches with locally heavier amounts, north winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph, and visibilities under a quarter-mile at times will cause whiteout conditions. Considerable drifting will also occur, especially on west to east roads.

Conditions will continue to make travel hazardous this Tuesday afternoon and evening. Wind chill values could reach as low as negative 10 degrees, and will be at most 20 degrees, allowing for possible hypothermia.

The NWS warns against travel, and urges residents to stay inside. Strong winds and blinding snow will make travel nearly impossible. “This is a life threatening storm,” said the NWS in a statement.

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