Oklahoma begins to thaw, but storm's death toll rises

The body of a 15-year-old boy was recovered from a Claremore pond Tuesday morning, bringing the death toll from the wintry storm to at least 10. School districts in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman all were scheduled to be open Wednesday.
by Kyle Fredrickson Published: December 10, 2013

Bitterly cold weather blamed for at least 10 deaths has begun to ease in Oklahoma, setting the stage for hundreds of public schools to resume classes disrupted when snow came to the state last week.

After 135 hours of below-freezing temperatures, Tuesday's high of 39 in Oklahoma City began to melt stubborn snow and ice that have made for slippery driving conditions on neighborhood roads.

School districts in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman all were scheduled to be open Wednesday, after students missed three school days because of the freezing weather and bad driving conditions.

National Weather Service forecasters say temperatures should edge above freezing again Wednesday, with highs moving into the 40s in many areas later in the week.

Meanwhile, Amy Elliott, spokeswoman for the state medical examiner's office, had only partial details on some of those who died in connection with the storm. The victims include:

• William Walkup, 75, who was killed Sunday morning in Sapulpa when his pickup hit a sport utility vehicle.

• Keith Chambers Jr., 15, whose body was recovered from a Claremore pond Tuesday morning. Chambers was missing since 4 p.m. Sunday and was found after a search of an area where footsteps led to a hole in the ice.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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