A crash during a February 2021 Winter storm in Oklahoma. (Associated Press)
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Nearly all of Oklahoma is under a ‘winter storm watch’ as a major weather system approaches the region. The National Weather Service in Tulsa issued the watch for Green Country early Monday morning.

According to the latest weather reports, up to ten inches of snow and sleet is possible across the area. Meteorologists expect the storm to last from Tuesday night through Thursday evening.

The national weather service warns the winter storm could be “dangerous” and that “threats to life and property are possible”.

“Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice,” the report reads. “Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous driving conditions will disrupt daily life later this week”.

While experts do not expect for the winter storm to bring the same record-setting cold from last February, they urge Oklahomans to take precautions.

FILE – This photo from the National Weather Service website shows ice damage Jan. 14, 2007, in Muskogee, Okla.
FILE – This photo from the National Weather Service website shows ice damage Jan. 14, 2007, in Muskogee, Okla.

Local organizations prepare for incoming winter storm

Many local mutual aide groups have also been preparing to support community members struggling with houselessness this winter. The Tulsa Community Fridge Project, a grassroots effort to support houseless Tulsans with food and supplies, has been collecting and distributing donations since the Fall. Individuals can visit the group’s website to donate or sign up to volunteer with distribution.

In addition, Housing Solutions Tulsa has put together an extensive list of resources on their website to help direct individuals in need of shelter and support. During last year’s winter storm, the organization ensured every Tulsan in need of shelter was housed for an extended period of time.

Tulsa Public Schools’ inclimate weather policy ensures a decision is made no later than 5am the morning of a closing. “When possible, we may make the notification by 10 p.m. on the night prior to the weather event,” this district states on its website.

TPS parents and students can sign up for text message alerts for closings in two easy steps:

  • Emailing enroll@tulsaschools.org or calling 918.746.7500 to update any contact information that may have changed.
  • Using a cell phone number on file with the district to text “yes” to 67587

Stay with The Black Wall Street Times for any breaking news updates as the winter storm approaches.

Nate Morris moved to the Tulsa area in 2012 and has committed himself to helping build a more equitable and just future for everyone who calls the city home. As a teacher, advocate, community organizer...