Oklahoma braces for another round of freezing rain, snow

Oklahoma officials are worried Monday morning's commute could be dangerous as more freezing rain and snow was expected from Oklahoma City to the south.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: November 25, 2013

The threat of freezing rain will continue through Monday morning, making for a potentially dangerous commute, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Ice made roads across Oklahoma slick Sunday morning, but the precipitation was limited in central Oklahoma, and most roads were clear by noon.

Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said crews pretreated bridges and overpasses before the worst of the freezing rain moved through.

“We really noticed a difference today,” she said. “It's still a dangerous situation, but it would have been much worse if not for the pretreatment. It could have been a lot worse. Had it been a work day, we would have seen far more accidents.”

Oklahoma City also set a daily record for the lowest high temperature: 30 degrees. The previous record for Nov. 24 was 32 degrees several times.

The weather prompted many churches to cancel services.

Ice was also the cause of dozens of traffic wrecks, but it was not blamed for any deaths Sunday, officials said.

‘Dicey' commute

The southern half of the state remained under a winter weather advisory for much of the day.

Another round of freezing rain was expected Sunday night into Monday morning.

“Crews are going to be salting through the night trying to get the city's snow routes ready for rush hour Monday morning,” Yager said.

Did you know?

Snow fell Sunday in parts of Oklahoma. Here are some totals:

Altus — 4 inches

Elk City — 2 inches

Erick — 4.6 inches

Fort Cobb — 4 inches

Granite — 10 inches

Hollis — 2 inches

Lawton, west — 5 inches

Lawton, east — 2 inches

Mangum — 8 inches

Oklahoma City — .06 inch

Piedmont — 1 inch

Roosevelt — 8 inches

Sentinel — 3.5 inches

Vinson — 13 inches

Source: National Weather Service, Norman

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