A few hardy souls are braving the conditions today despite the blizzard affecting most of Oklahoma. Some people have to get to work, others are stuck and a few seem to just be curious.
Edmond dentist Steve Strange shoveled snow from the walk outside his Broadway office this morning.
Although his office called patients on Monday to reschedule appointments, Strange wanted to make sure workers could see the entry walkway when they later come to plow the parking lot.
“Certainly we'll be ready for patients (on Wednesday),” he said. “I'm just not sure about the rest of the roads.”
If patients can't make it Wednesday, Strange wasn't too worried.
“A couple of snow days with my kids is OK with me,” he said.
Mark Hayward and his friend Melody Keoun are driving from Michigan to sunny Arizona, where the 23-year-old Hayward is moving.
Last night they stayed at an Edmond hotel. This morning Hayward and Keoun, 29, awoke to conditions more like Michigan than Oklahoma.
“I'm sure it's a lot warmer in Arizona,” Hayward quipped as he stood outside next to his car stuck in a snowdrift at Broadway and E 21st Street in Edmond.
Snow piled up to about midway on the passenger door as Keoun tried to stay warm in the two-wheel drive vehicle. A good Samaritan worked to pull out the car using a tow line attached to a more powerful 4-wheel drive pickup.
“The GPS took us to this road,” Hayward said. “That's why we're here.”
Jesse Bensinger is a facilities manager for Kirkpatrick Bank who was out and about this morning making sure bank employees can get to work.
He stopped to help shovel someone out of the Edmond Post Office parking lot.
“I was driving by and knew I couldn't leave him here,” he said.
“I started about 5 this morning getting out and about,” he said. “I knew I just had to get out and go.”
Bensinger is carrying at least two shovels and a dozen bags of ice melt in the back of his pickup.
A few customers came to the Love's Travel Stop and Country Store on Interstate 35 in Norman this morning for coffee, gasoline or windshield wiper fluid, but overall, traffic was slow, said general manager Steve Irons. Some used the store as a haven to wait out the storm, pulling out their laptops to pass the time.
Irons said one customer headed to California had never seen snow before. He recommended she go across the street to the Riverwind Casino until noon, then see whether the roads had improved.
At the Love's on Interstate 40 and Morgan Road, the parking lot had not been plowed because the contractor hired to plow the snow got stuck on his way in.
Authorities are discouraging travel of any kind today.
Contributing: Staff Writers Michael Baker and Jennifer Palmer