Staff and wire reports
The first significant winter storm of the season dropped between 5 and 6 inches of snow in western Oklahoma Tuesday and resulted in at least one fatal accident, authorities said.
Brook Hensley, 39, of Edmond, was killed in a head-on collision on U.S. 281 about 3 miles north of Gracemont, in Caddo County, about 60 miles southwest of Oklahoma City when the car she was riding in skidded across the center line of the highway and collided head-on with an oncoming pickup truck, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph.
“It was snowing heavily at the time, it probably was weather related,” Randolph said.
The drivers of the two vehicles suffered what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, according to the OHP.
Randolph said dozens of accidents due to the slickened roads were reported, but none others with serious injury.
“It’s wet, it’s slick in spots and we’re really encouraging folks to slow down, common sense always has to come into play when you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle,” Randolph said.
Another accident involved an Emergency Medical Services Authority ambulance and a deputy sheriff’s patrol car, according to EMSA spokeswoman Lara O’Leary.
“Paramedics were responding to an emergency, then were canceled off, whoever called 911 called back and said we weren’t needed .... so they were making a turnaround to get back in service and had a minor collision with a Canadian County Sheriff’s vehicle,” O’Leary said.
There were no injuries, O’Leary said.
Enid Police Department reported no accidents related to the wet streets.
Snowfall ranged from 2-3 inches over much of northwest Oklahoma, according to National Weather Service. Enid received 2 inches of snow, with Woodward, Lahoma and Medford receiving 3 inches. Kingfisher record 4 inches, while Watonga received 2 inches.
A winter storm warning for much of the western half of Oklahoma was issued until 8 p.m. Tuesday by NWS in Norman.
Weather service meteorologist Ryan Barnes said the heaviest snowfall of 5 inches was recorded in Erick in far western Oklahoma and snowfall levels would decrease as the storm moved eastward, although overnight temperatures could contribute to dangerous driving conditions early Wednesday.
“For tomorrow morning temperatures are going to be below freezing, so any moisture left on the roadways is going to be slick,” Barnes said.
The storm was expected to move out of the state by early Wednesday, followed by sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s, according to Barnes.
O’Leary said EMSA had responded to 10 slips and falls and 7 auto crashes, transporting 10 people to metro area hospitals. Their conditions were not released.
The state’s two largest electric utilities, Oklahoma Gas and Electric and Public Service Company of Oklahoma, plus a spokesman for the state’s rural electric cooperatives, said late Tuesday afternoon there had been no power outages as a result of the snow.ꆱ