Here's the latest on the winter storm entering the Sooner state. . . .
Rain has been turning to ice in both the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Freezing rain of up to an inch are turning trees, and power lines into a frozen ice sculptures The governor of Oklahoma has declared a statewide emergency due to the ice and snow potential on Thursday. Dozens of schools have canceled classes due to the inclement weather today. Winter storm warning are up for the Texas panhandle and almost all of Oklahoma. Eight to twelve inches of snow are expected later today in the northwestern portion of the sooner state. Residents of Oklahoma have recent memories of the Christmas eve blizzard, but this might be more than they can handle.
For Texans rain showers and lightning storms are likely in the Houston Galveston area during overnight hours. Some areas could see up to an inch of rain by morning. After that a very chilly weekend is still on tap with lows in the 30s by Saturday morning . . . highs will not get out of the low to mid 50s for all of the weekend. For the bayou city January will close out as cold as it started.