The streets of Oklahoma City are icy and power outages continue in and around the metro.
About 32,000 customers are without power across the metro area, including more than 13,000 in Oklahoma City and 11,000 in Piedmont, according to the OG&E Web site at 11:45 p.m.
Traffic accidents are reported across the Oklahoma City area, but no roads have been closed due to ice, an Oklahoma City police spokesman said.
Oklahoma City street crews pretreated bridges and overpasses with salt brine, city spokeswoman Kristy Yager said. Plow and salt truck crews were to begin 12-hour shifts and work around the clock once streets became slick. Motorists are asked to stay at least 200 feet behind the trucks.
The temperature was 23 degree at Will Rogers World Airport about 11:45 p.m. A north wind of 31 mph with gusts up to 38 mph was reported.
Tonight was the last time until at least Saturday that temperatures are expected to break 20 degrees, according to the weather service.
Wind chill values could plunge well below zero tonight, as the strongest winds are expected to follow behind the front's leading edge, forecasters said.
Officials warn temperatures and wind chills will be dangerously cold into the weekend. People should dress in layers and prepare for extreme cold even if they are not expecting to be outside for prolonged periods.
The coldest temperatures of the week are likely to hit late Friday and early Saturday, according to the weather service. The projected overnight low in Oklahoma City that night is 2 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to return to seasonal norms by Sunday, forecasters said.
Oklahoma City-area forecast
- Overnight: Cloudy. Low around 12 with wind chill values as low as -5. North-northeast winds 8 to 11 mph increasing to 23 to 26 mph and gusting to 37 mph. Thirty percent chance of snow and freezing drizzle before 9 p.m., then a chance of snow. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Thursday: Partly sunny. High near 17 with wind chill values as low as -8. North-northwest winds 16 to 24 mph, gusting to 34 mph.
- Thursday night: Mostly cloudy. Low around 5 with wind chill values as low as -11. North winds 13 to 15 mph, gusting to 21 mph.