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Cold weather returns to Oklahoma

Wild temperature swings, storms, freezing weather in late April — this must be Oklahoma.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 23, 2013

Ice and winds affected transmission lines in Beaver County, causing lines to gallop, sway and slap together, according to Tri-County Electric Cooperative. These conditions also damaged parts of the distribution system including breakers, poles, cross arms and insulators. About 1,000 meters in Beaver County as of 3 p.m. were affected by the power outage.

Northwestern Electric Cooperative was reporting about 2,000 outages Tuesday evening because of the ice on lines combined with the winds. Those were in areas including Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties.

At or below freezing temperatures are expected for areas including much of the western half of the state and into the Panhandle into Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The low temperature for Oklahoma City is expected to be around freezing Wednesday morning. On May 3, 1954, the temperature in Oklahoma City fell to 32 degrees. That is the latest spring freeze recorded in the city.