Power is being restored to thousands in the Oklahoma City area but many others remain without heat across the state.
Nearly 173,000 homes and businesses were without power this afternoon as wintry conditions continue across the state, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports.
The numbers include 13,374 customers of Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. system wide. Of those, 1,348 are without power in the Oklahoma City metro area, down from 4,796 at about noon.
Electrical providers said icy conditions and high wind and blowing snow today could slow efforts to restore power or bring down more lines, officials feared.
"Certainly ice and wind and snow will affect the restorations. We know the power service companies have all brought in out of state crews in addition to using all crews from inside the state for restoration," said Michelann Ooten, state emergency management spokeswoman.
At 2 p.m. OG&E reported 13,374 customers without power, including 1,002 in Norman and 1,072 in Pauls Valley.
In other parts of the state, American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma reports 69,716 customers are without power 350 reported power outages in the Tulsa area, with another 170 near Okmulgee at 1:20 p.m.
PSO also reports the following outages:
Elk City: 210
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority reports 26,606 customers without power in the following locations:
The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives reports 62,341 customers without power.