The lingering fog has helped keep temperatures in the 20s today in most of central and western Oklahoma, dimming hopes of a climb to the 40s Monday, weather officials said.
The ice and snow from the storm Thursday and Friday has helped the fog stick around, National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Lamers said. A longer climb to get above freezing Monday means temperatures will likely peak in the high 30s in the Oklahoma City metro.
"We might have gotten to the low 30s today if we got a few spots of sunshine," Lamers said.
Temperatures at Oklahoma Mesonet sites in far northwestern parts of the state and the Panhandle were in the low and mid-30s about 2:30 p.m., and sites in far southeastern Oklahoma reached the upper 30s and 40s. All other Mesonet stations were mired in the 20s.
High level clouds will remain in place along with a mass of cold air, according to the weather service. Melting and sublimation of ice and snow will continue, but will be limited because of the lack of sunshine.
Patches of freezing drizzle are possible across central and northern Oklahoma on Monday morning, forecasters said.
At least three deaths attributed to storm so far
At least three people died in incidents blamed on the storm, said Michelann Ooten, spokeswoman for the state Emergency Management Department.
A 70-year-old Ada woman, whose name has not been released, was using a generator Friday after she lost power and died when a propane tank used to fuel it exploded, Ooten said.
A 73-year-old Pontotoc County man, whose name also was not released, died Saturday in a house fire caused by a wood-burning stove he was using because of a power outage.
Rubin Rodriguez, 33, died this morning near Holdenville when his car veered off the road on a snow-covered embankment and hit a culvert, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
The state Health Department reported at least 325 people were hurt in slips and falls on the ice, 70 were hurt in wrecks and eight were poisoned by carbon monoxide since the storm hit Thursday.
Power still out for many
The state Emergency Management Department reported more than 92,450 utility customers were without power at 12:30 p.m., and some will remain without electricity for days.
Authorities expect outage numbers to spike briefly during the day as melting ice causes problems with power lines, but the overall number of outages should decline, Ooten said.
The entire city of Altus was still without power this morning, a county emergency management spokeswoman said. Officials hope to have power available to the city by tonight, but it could take three days to restore power to each residence and business. Hospitals and emergency centers will have power turned on first.
A shelter is still open at the Altus Community Center, the spokeswoman said.
About 24,000 customers remained without power this morning Comanche County, said Chris Killmer, county spokesman. About 16,500 were in Lawton, only about 300 fewer than Saturday night.
Shelters in Comanche County are still open at Cameron Baptist Church in Lawton, the Cache Multi-Purpose Complex, the Elgin fire department and the Medicine Park Community Center.
More than 12,000 customers in Grady County remained without power this morning, many in Chickasha, county Emergency Manager Dale Thompson said this morning. A shelter at the Grady County fairgrounds will remain open to county residents in need of a hot meal or a place to warm up or sleep as long as it is needed.
Road conditions improving after overnight re-freeze
Conditions on state roadways continued to slowly improve today after a re-freeze last night, Ooten said.
Snow plows, salt and sand trucks and other machinery continued to work on highways and roadways throughout the affected area, officials said.
Highway patrol troopers have assisted more than 600 motorists in the last two days, Ooten said.