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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declares state of emergency

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties as the state prepares for a major winter storm to hit.
By The Associated Press Modified: January 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm •  Published: January 31, 2011

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties as the state prepares for a major winter storm to hit.

Fallin made the declaration Monday. The declaration gives the state a mechanism to allow local governments to be reimbursed for costs related to the storm.

The order also is a first step toward seeking federal aid if such aid is necessary.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the state that will be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Forecasters are predicting the storm will bring as much as a foot of snow to parts of Oklahoma along with bitterly cold temperatures.