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DTXbrian, Where Are You: State of Emergency Declared in OKLAHOMA

Most of the US is covered in snow, sleet, and otherwise bad weather.

It wasw just announced that the whole state of Oklahoma is under a state of emergency.

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He'll be busy advising the State governors how how to handle the situation...he's prolly on the hot line to the White House right now

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One person died in a weather-related crash on Interstate 44 near Geronimo, Comanche County officials said. At least three people died in a weather-related crash on State Highway 51 near Sand Springs, police said. The victims' identities have not been released.

Henry declared a state of emergency in all 77 counties, according to a news release. The declaration allows local authorities to seek reimbursement for storm-related costs through the state's disaster assistance program.

The governor also pleaded with Oklahomans to stay off the roads unless travel "is absolutely necessary."

Oklahoma City police and fire officials said city 911 lines are inundated with calls. Authorities ask people involved in non-injury accidents or in other situations not considered life-threatening to seek help from family, friends and private wrecker services.

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Blizzard warning issued

Sleet and rain has changed to snow today in central Oklahoma, and heavy snowfall through the evening could leave up to 11 inches in parts of the state, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning through 10 p.m. throughout most of Oklahoma. Heavy snow, wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph and dangerous wind chill levels are expected.

Roads are expected to be slick and hazardous throughout the state during the storm, according to the weather service. The relatively warm days leading up to the storm could lessen snow and ice accumulation, but a frigid arctic air mass arrives overnight and will send temperatures tumbling further.

Strong, gusty winds and blowing snow will add to the dangerous driving conditions this afternoon, weather service forecaster Daryl Williams said. Nearly a foot of snow is possible across southern Oklahoma today, and the Oklahoma City area could see about one-half foot.

Officials urge motorists to avoid driving if possible. Drivers should slow down, increase following distance and avoid distractions inside the vehicle. Authorities said those who must drive should pack extra warm clothing or blankets, food, water, a charged cell phone and sturdy shoes in case they become stuck.

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I am sure he is advising SOMEONE SOMEWHERE.


Just hope he is OK.

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Conditions deteriorating on roads statewide

Officials have reported worsening conditions on roadways throughout the state, including in the Oklahoma City area.

All interstates in the Oklahoma City area have been closed. A 50-car pileup is clogging Interstate 40 eastbound near Hudiburg Drive in Midwest City, said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.

Two Midwest City police cars and an EMSA ambulance are involved in the pileup, Clabes said.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have reported multiple weather-related crashes on all interstate highways and most other major state roads. Troopers are no longer responding to non-injury accidents in the Oklahoma City-area, instead focusing on roadway blockages and injury accidents.

Motorists involved in a non-injury accident are asked to pull off the roadway and exchange information.

The slick roadways also have led to numerous wrecks in the metro area today, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said early this afternoon. Paramedics were dispatched to about 25 crashes and 10 falls, but the situation has not been as bad as officials feared.

"It seems like a lot of people are heeding the advice to stay off the roads," O'Leary said.

Wrecks during morning rush hour clogged metro freeways, but city street crews were expected to continue spreading salt around the clock for the duration of the storm. State and turnpike salt crews also were attending to roads throughout Oklahoma.

Paul Southerland, a photographer at The Oklahoman, said traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 west of Oklahoma City because of blowing snow.

"You can't see 10 feet in front of you," Southerland said about 1 p.m. "The windshield is cracked all the way across. A piece of ice hit it."

State Transportation Department road crews are reporting blizzard-like conditions, causing slick spots throughout the state, department spokesman David Meuser said.

"The conditions have rapidly deteriorated, and the western part of the state is experiencing worse snow than the rest of the state. It has followed the way the storm has come in," Meuser said.

The department has 430 salt and sand trucks, 115 crews and 130,000 tons of sand and a salt and sand mixture available.

"If people can stay home that would be preferable," Meuser said. "If you have to travel, allow yourself plenty of time."

Meuser encouraged motorists to stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment. Crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

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Oklahoma City-area airports closed

All Oklahoma City-area airports, including Will Rogers World Airport, were closed this afternoon, city officials said.

All Southwest Airlines departures had previously been canceled, and most other flights on other airlines had also been delayed or canceled.

Wind gusts of more than 50 mph have been recorded at the airport, city airports spokesman Mark Kranenburg said. Pilots have reported wind shear, which is especially dangerous for takeoffs and landings.

Travelers are encouraged to contact airlines regarding flight cancellations.

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Power outages on the rise

State Emergency Management Department spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said more than 16,000 power customers in Oklahoma were without power about 2 p.m.. Most of the outages were in western Oklahoma, with many in Lawton.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Lawton High School, 601 NW Fort Sill Blvd., for those without power.

The Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. reported around 4,700 outages in the metro area about 2:15 p.m.

There were also reports of power outages in Chickasha, Hobart and Tipton, Ooten said.

State officials have deployed industrial-sized generators to several locations across the state in order to power water treatment plants, shelters and important services if necessary, Ooten said.

"Thankfully, many schools and businesses are closed today. But it's a good day to just sit at home and be with your family while watching the storm," she said.

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Temperatures, precipitation totals vary throughout state

Temperatures were in the 20s in most of Oklahoma along and west of Interstate 35 around 2 p.m., according to the Oklahoma Mesonet.

The front had yet to push temperatures below freezing in eastern Oklahoma. Temperatures were near 50 degrees in far southeastern Oklahoma and in the 30s and 40s elsewhere east of I-35.

Up to 4 inches of snow had fallen in central Oklahoma by 2 p.m. with higher amounts reported in southwestern Oklahoma, according to a state Emergency Management Department news release.

Some Mesonet stations in southern and eastern Oklahoma had reported more than an inch of rain from midnight to around 1 p.m. About a fifth of an inch of sleet and freezing rain fell in and around Oklahoma City during the same time period.

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Oklahoma City-area forecast

• Today: Snow and widespread blowing snow. High near 32. North-northwest winds 24 to 33 mph, gusting to 43 mph. Daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

• Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low around 18. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 38 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.


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