- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for western and central Oklahoma as a strong storm system approaches the state.

Forecasters say the watch will be in effect from Saturday evening through Monday. Forecasters said Thursday that the storm is expected to produce snow and ice accumulations of 4 to 10 inches.

In addition, ice accumulations due to freezing rain could reach three-quarters of an inch, especially along Interstate 44. Forecasters say strong northerly winds could also create white-out conditions across portions of western Oklahoma. Gusty conditions may contribute to an increased number of power outages across the region, even if only light icing amounts occur.

Forecasters have also issued a flash flood watch beginning Friday night for areas of southern and eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas.

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