Oklahoma weather: Snow blankets state Friday

About half an inch fell on parts of Oklahoma City, the National Weather Service reported
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: December 28, 2012
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Downtown, preparations for Opening Night continued unfettered Friday, said Stacy Hawthorne, spokeswoman for the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.

More than 75,000 people attended the New Year's Eve celebration last year, according to the Arts Council.

Even if more snow falls before the midnight fireworks finale, Hawthorne said the downtown festivities will go on as planned.

“Almost all our venues are indoors,” she said. “People attending can always just go inside our venues and warm up and stay out of the weather. ... We just hope people will remember to dress accordingly.”

In northeast Oklahoma City, some animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo enjoyed the snow and chilly temperatures. Bison, snow leopards and red pandas all like the cold, zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said.

Many animals like cheetahs and wild dogs have access to the outdoors, even if they choose to stay in their warm dens. More fragile animals, such as tropical birds, aren't allowed outside. The elephants have heated floors.

But the nasty weather hasn't kept visitors away, Henson said.

“Some people still want to come, especially if there's snow,” she said. “They like to see the animals in the snow.”

In Midwest City, workers prepared as usual for visitors to come for the Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular, city employee Megan Ebersole said. The show ends Sunday, she said.

“The weather really hasn't done anything that's stopped the lights from coming on or traffic to come through,” Ebersole said.

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