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Many Oklahoma students affected by blizzard will return to school Thursday

Woodward's streets have been cleared of snow and schools are set to reopen Thursday, officials say.
BY ADAM KEMP Modified: February 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013

— Life is returning to normal after a Monday blizzard dumped as much as 17 inches of snow in areas of northwest Oklahoma.

Crews made significant improvement in clearing roads Wednesday, and all highways in northwest Oklahoma were open by late afternoon, state Transportation Department officials reported. A few closures remained in north-central Oklahoma because of downed power lines.

Woodward Fire Chief Steve Day said city streets also were clear after two days of crews working around the clock.

“Everything is coming together real good now,” Day said. “There are a few places in neighborhoods still, but the main road and highways are good. County crews and state crews really did a great job of working to clear the roads as quickly as possible.”

Wednesday morning a train smashed into a car that was stuck in snow on railroad tracks in Woodward. Authorities said the driver was able to exit the car, but couldn't push the vehicle from the tracks.

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