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A massive wave of winter weather has turned Oklahoma into something resembling ice planet Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back. 

Schools are closed, grocery stores are packed and jittery drivers are making sudden, ill advised lane changes all over the city. But in the midst of all the chaos, we've seen a weather phenomenon more associated with Chicago or Cleveland than Oklahoma City. 

The National Weather Service in Norman reported lake effect snow emanating from Lake Hefner late Wednesday night. 


Lake effect snow is generated by cold, dry air passing over a warmer body of water. Here's what it looks like when it happens. 

Lake effect snow in Buffalo, New York (NOAA)
Lake effect snow in Buffalo, New York (NOAA)

More winter precipitation is expected in central Oklahoma Thursday morning and throughout the day before tapering off in the late afternoon, according to Weather Underground. 

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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