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Some Oklahomans out and about despite poor conditions.

Many Oklahomans are staying off the roads today, but some people are required to go to work. Others are helping stranded motorists.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 1, 2011 at 11:06 am •  Published: February 1, 2011

A few hardy souls are braving the conditions today despite the blizzard affecting most of Oklahoma. Some people have to get to work, others are stuck and a few seem to just be curious.

Edmond dentist Steve Strange shoveled snow from the walk outside his Broadway office this morning.

Although his office called patients on Monday to reschedule appointments, Strange wanted to make sure workers could see the entry walkway when they later come to plow the parking lot.

“Certainly we'll be ready for patients (on Wednesday),” he said. “I'm just not sure about the rest of the roads.”

If patients can't make it Wednesday, Strange wasn't too worried.

“A couple of snow days with my kids is OK with me,” he said.

Mark Hayward and his friend Melody Keoun are driving from Michigan to sunny Arizona, where the 23-year-old Hayward is moving.

Last night they stayed at an Edmond hotel. This morning Hayward and Keoun, 29, awoke to conditions more like Michigan than Oklahoma.

“I'm sure it's a lot warmer in Arizona,” Hayward quipped as he stood outside next to his car stuck in a snowdrift at Broadway and E 21st Street in Edmond.

Snow piled up to about midway on the passenger door as Keoun tried to stay warm in the two-wheel drive vehicle. A good Samaritan worked to pull out the car using a tow line attached to a more powerful 4-wheel drive pickup.

“The GPS took us to this road,” Hayward said. “That's why we're here.”

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