The rain, ice and snow expected to hammer Oklahoma in the next couple of days could wreak havoc on electrical service, while leading to increased demand for natural gas. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma officials are hoping the freezing rain forecast for today turns to snow as soon as possible. More ice means a greater chance of widespread power outages. OG&E spokesman Brian Alford said snow presents less of a problem for the electrical system than ice and high winds. Alford said OG&E’s extensive tree-trimming program is expected to help minimize any potential weather-related power outages in the state, regardless of what the storm brings with it. PSO spokesman Stan Whiteford said it is difficult to predict what will happen with this storm, which is not expected to drop temperatures nearly as low as the year’s first cold snap. That cold snap — several days of sub-10 degree temperatures earlier this month — resulted in unprecedented demand for gas, Oklahoma Natural Gas spokesman Don Sherry said. Sherry said officials do not expect to reach that level again this week, but demand could reach up to 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas. For comparison, he said ONG customers were on pace Wednesday to use about 700 million cubic feet of gas. Sherry said the demand spike — about 1.5 billion cubic feet — that followed the state’s Christmas Eve blizzard, resulted in about a 20 percent increase in typical gas bills over the same period in 2008. The increase was moderated somewhat by the price of gas, which is at a five-year low, he said. Gas currently costs about $6.76 per dekatherm, down from $7.59 last January.