Winter weather that can affect Oklahoma City includes snow, blizzards, freezing rain and ice storms.
Make a Winter Storm Plan
Be prepared to shelter at home in case of severe weather.
Items for winter storms to add to your disaster kit include additional non-perishable food and water for one or two weeks, extra blankets, coats, gloves, winter hats, and water-resistant boots.
Put a disaster supply kit in your vehicle that includes blankets.
Keep your cellphone charged.
Open cabinet doors below sinks and let faucets drip if temperatures remain below freezing for a day or more. Call (405) 297-3334 if your pipes burst so City crews can shut off water to your home.
Make sure elderly family members, friends and neighbors are prepared for the storm, and check on them during and after the storm.
Get extra medication, oxygen or other medical supplies if it's possible you'll need a refill before the storm's effects are over.
Safely Use Alternative Heating Sources
Make sure working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly installed in your home. Alarms should be installed outside each separate sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms monthly and install fresh batteries annually.
Give space heaters their space. Keep combustible material at least three feet away from the heater.
Keep all combustible materials off of floor furnaces.
Remove any combustibles from central heater closets.
Use a metal grate to hold logs inside fireplaces.
Use an approved metal or glass screen in front of fireplaces to prevent embers from flying out of the firebox.
Remember to open the damper before lighting the fireplace.
Never use your oven to heat your home.
If possible, avoid driving while streets are covered in ice and snow.
Have your vehicle winterized by a qualified mechanic.
Make sure your tires have adequate tread for the conditions.
Fill up your gas tank.
Allow more time to slow down and stop.
Allow more space between you and the car in front of you.
Be sure to use your headlights so your car is visible during inclement weather.
Winter Weather Vehicle Emergency Preparedness Kit
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type)
- Compass and road maps
- Tire repair kit and pump
- Extra clothing to keep dry and gloves
- Sack of sand or cat litter (for tire traction
- Tow rope
Regional Snow Routes
Sixteen cities, four counties and numerous state agencies in the OKC area cooperated to develop a comprehensive network of snow routes from Guthrie south to Lexington and Yukon east to Harrah. See OKC's regional snow routes on the map at the top of this page.
What are National Weather Service (NWS) terms to know for advisories about winter weather?
You can follow weather forecasts from the NWS, local television stations, radio, online news sources and smartphone apps (like the American Red Cross' all-inclusive Emergency App for Apple and Android) to keep track of the various advisories about winter weather.
A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when the forecast calls for a combination of winter weather like snow, freezing rain or sleet that will pose a hazard.
A Winter Storm Watch is usually issued at least 24 hours in advance when there's a potential for heavy snow or significant ice accumulations.
A Winter Storm Warning is issued when a storm is producing or forecast to produce heavy snow or significant ice accumulations.
Winter Weather Related Videos and Other Resources
- Protecting Your Pipes in Winter Weather
- Winter Weather Driving Tips
- Regional Snow Routes
- Using Generators
- Ready.gov's Build-a-Kit website | Cómo preparar un kit en Español