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February 21, 2013

Enid, NW Oklahoma get much-needed precipitation from snow, sleet storms

ENID, Okla. — A winter storm that caused hazardous driving conditions in northwest Oklahoma and forced schools throughout the area to close has moved out of the area.

Mike Honigsberg, certified director of Enid/Garfield County Emergency Management, said Enid received about 7 inches of snow and sleet.

“It was much-needed moisture that will hopefully benefit the wheat crop and any others that are planted at this time,” he said.

Other snowfall totals provided by National Weather Service included 13.5 inches west  of Alva; 12 at Waynoka; 9 at Freedom; 7.9 at Woodward; and 7.1 near Fort Supply.

According to Enid police, there were few accidents due to weather.

Enid Police Department Sgt. Richard Sutton said there were “not very many” Thursday, but officers worked about 10 accidents Wednesday.

“I’m not sure if they were weather related. Some of them probably were,” Sutton said.

Roads throughout northwest Oklahoma were listed Thursday as slick and hazardous, according to Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation said roads in northwest Oklahoma were snow-packed in places and travel was discouraged.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol worked at least at least one injury accident in northwest Oklahoma Wednesday that was weather related. A Seiling woman was injured.

NWS forecasts mostly sunny skies today, although it will be cold. The high is expected to be 31, with wind chill values near 0. The low tonight is expected to be around 15.

Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 45.

Heavy snow Thursday caused problems in parts of northwest Oklahoma.

The snow kept customers away from El Charro Restaurant in Waynoka, but business started picking up once the snow ended Thursday afternoon, Carlos Delgado said.

“It’s bad, but it’s not that bad,” he said.

However, plows compounded the problems from the heavy snowfall, pushing snow off roads and highways into drifts that blocked access to private driveways and parking lots, Delgado said.

NWS lifted all winter warnings and advisories Thursday afternoon, said Daryl Williams, a forecaster with the agency in Norman.

“We’ve just experiencing a little drizzle, kind of drying out a little bit,” Williams said.

State Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said the storm had caused sporadic power outages, with the largest being in the Bartlesville area, where 430 electrical customers were without power.

Several schools in the area will be closed today, including Alva, Fort Supply, Freedom, Laverne, Medford, Woodward, Deer Creek-Lamont and Waynoka schools. NWOSU has canceled classes at all three campuses in Alva, Enid and Woodward.

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