Groundhog Day storm in Oklahoma introduces week of more snow, ice

Much of Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, got snow Sunday, and more is expected later this week, forecasters from the National Weather Service predicted.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Zoo's grizzly bears didn't even have to go outside Sunday morning to make their Groundhog Day prediction as freezing temperatures and snow on the ground put to rest any ideas about an early summer.

The winter storm was the first of several waves of snow and ice expected this week in the state.

Roads were cleared quickly in most areas.

Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said crews worked through the day and will continue salting streets overnight to avoid any problems with the Monday morning commute.

The zoo was closed Sunday because of the weather, and the Groundhog Day event with the zoo's grizzly bears was canceled.

The freezing temperatures might have been to blame for a broken fire sprinkler line in the basement of the city's main office building, 420 W Main.

The building's basement flooded to the ceiling, Yager said, knocking out power and phone lines.

The flood will disrupt some city services. Departments housed in the building are personnel, utilities, parks and recreation, planning, public works, development services, MAPS and finance.

“City employees are being called by their supervisors and told whether they should or should not go to work,” Yager said. “Some departments will try to move people around.”

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