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02-24-2003, 10:46 AM
Just wanted to share this article and wish everyone in Northeastern Oklahoma my sympathies on the snow.....Garth I know how ya feel pal my arms are still sore from our Blizzard! Everyone be safe!!!


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Nature will provide little help for road crews and residents in northern Oklahoma as they dig out of up to 20 inches of snow.

After temperatures in the 60s last week, winter returned on Sunday, packing heavy snow, strong winds and below-freezing temperatures. Highs will struggle to get out of the teens in snowpacked areas of northern Oklahoma and below-normal readings are possible through at least Wednesday.

Another storm system was expected to move into Oklahoma Monday, but with less than one inch additional snow, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Kenneth James.

"We are looking at pretty much any day this week there could be some type of wintry precipitation," James said. "We are playing around with the freezing line, some areas could get snow, some could get freezing rain or sleet."

The snowstorm was blamed for a multiple-car pileup near Miami in far northeastern Oklahoma on Sunday.

Five people were injured when several cars traveling in blizzard-like conditions collided and dozens of other vehicles trailing behind smashed into them on the Will Rogers Turnpike section of Interstate 44.

The five were listed in stable condition late Sunday, said a nursing supervisor at Integris Baptist Regional Hospital. There were no reports of fatalities.

"A semi was trying to stop to avoid the pileup and couldn't and ended up jackknifing and going over the concrete barrier wall, westbound to eastbound, where he landed on a passenger car, pinning two people inside," said Michelle Paul, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Transportation Authority.

Emergency crews were able to free the pair, but the truck took out more than 80 feet of the barrier, pushing it into the eastbound lanes, said Miami Fire Capt. Mike Glasman.

Two more semis smashed into the other wrecked cars, Paul said.

A number of vehicles were stranded behind the wreck for hours. Road crews and state troopers were unable to divert other motorists off the interstate because that stretch of the highway contained no exits, Paul said.

OTA personnel made sure people didn't run out of gas, she said.

Jeff York, 33, of Joplin, told the Joplin Globe he was headed for San Antonio to visit family when he encountered blowing snow that limited visibility.

"Suddenly everyone was moving real slowly, and then it stopped and that's where we've been," said York, who estimated he had been stranded for five hours. "I didn't even realize I had passed the Miami exit until a woman next to me told me."

One westbound lane was reopened late Sunday evening. The barrier was put back in place and all westbound lanes were reopened about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for the Oklahoma Panhandle, where frigid temperatures and high winds combined to drive wind-chill factors to nearly 15 degrees below freezing.

The storm began leaving Oklahoma Sunday evening, but not before dumping between a half-foot and 1 1/2 feet of snow on northern Oklahoma, the weather service reported.

Eighteen inches of snow was reported in Kildare in the north-central part of the state.

Other snowfall totals included 16 inches in Pawhuska; 15 inches in Blackwell, Braman, Foraker, Hominy, Ponca City, South Coffeyville and Tonkawa, and 14 inches in Newkirk and Woolaroc.

As little as a trace fell in Norman, while Tulsa receive 8 inches of snow.

Freezing rain caused more than 2,000 people to lose power in western Oklahoma City and El Reno, but power was restored by 11 p.m., utility officials said.

Oklahoma City escaped with .2 inches of snow, according to the official measurement at Will Rogers World Airport, but up to 2 inches were reported in other parts of the city.

Kay County may have been the county hardest hit. In addition to Kildare, Ponca City got between 12 and 15 inches of snow.

"I haven't seen it this bad before," Larry Kitchens, a dispatcher for Ponca City fire and police, said Sunday.

"I've been here since 1977, and this is pretty bad."

Kitchen said an ambulance, a fire truck and a police car got stuck.

"We're just having trouble getting to the calls," he said.

Officials closed Oklahoma 23 in northern Beaver County because of drifting snow and road closings in Kansas. U.S. 283 and U.S. 183 in northern Oklahoma also were closed to northbound traffic because of road closures in Kansas.

Road crews suspended road clearing efforts for a time because the blowing snow reduced visibility. They resumed work about 4 p.m. and continued into the night, officials said.

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02-24-2003, 10:52 AM
I want SNOW!

02-24-2003, 10:53 AM
I also want that darn crying smilie to work!

02-24-2003, 10:59 AM
omg you don't want 20 inches lol trust me.....I coulda brought ya some Vday weekend if I coulda made it outta my state.

We're getting more this week I better eat some vitamins so I can shovel some more lol


02-24-2003, 02:06 PM
I'd be more than glad to send you some of ours. We got another
5 inches this morning. Just before the morning rush soooooo you
guessed it another snowday. That makes 3 this month. My kids
have had more snow days, early dismissals and delayed starts in
the last 6 weeks than I had in 12 years growing up in Chicago.
LOL!!!!!!! I'm thinking there will be another delay tomorrow
morning as the forecast low for tonight is 6 degrees!!!!!!!


02-24-2003, 02:26 PM
Thank you Pammy! 5 inches will be perfect.

02-24-2003, 05:43 PM
Don't listen to Joyce .. I want summer..


Monica Lockhart
02-24-2003, 09:06 PM
I feel bad for all the people suffering from the snow..I know you've all had an extra hard winter so far this year.

I guess I shouldn't mention that I'm a little sunburned today??
I think the high was 79. :D

Sorry... Florida had a beautiful day today and yesterday!

{I'll stop rubbing it in now)


02-24-2003, 09:21 PM
Joyce, it seems the last time Nashville had a storn we couldn't get you out of your house.


02-24-2003, 09:36 PM
I know! I love being snowbound!

02-24-2003, 09:59 PM
Come a couple of states North, Joyce!!! We've 45 inches of snow since January with 6 inches last night and another 3-6 inches heading our way for Wednesday :(

02-25-2003, 11:23 AM
Jen, I'm with ya! And Moni, I'm jealous!

Krystal in Odessa

02-25-2003, 03:24 PM
MONI!!!! SHUT UP!!!! :D

I don't want to hear it!!!! [-X

Can I visit?? :ipray:

Grandma Jo@nn
There are things that matter, and things that matter more!!!
Tony Arata

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away!

02-25-2003, 09:43 PM
How about 5 feet of snow?
It's -24c here tonight!!!
If I could, I would ship the whole lot to all you snow-seekers south of me, if ya want some winter! I've just about had enough :(
..considering this time last year I was poolside in Orlando!!!
Spring would be welcomed very nicely about now. :ipray:

02-26-2003, 12:35 AM

They cancelled school here today. There was snow in the forecast.

When my hubby left for work at 6am it hadn't snowed yet. By the time I looked out the window at 9 there had been a dusting but not enough to stick to the streets.

Southern wimps.

02-26-2003, 08:40 AM
see joyce I told ya I'd send ya some snow lol

02-26-2003, 09:09 AM
I can't believe they would cancel school in Nashville at the mere FORECAST of snow!! That would be unheard of here in NYC! Even delayed openings are a rarity here, even with a storm in progress!
The decision to close schools here happens on a storm by storm basis, but nobody even DREAMS of a snow day unless there's about 10 inches on the ground by 6am... and another thing...if the storm is forcasted to begin after the start of school, school opens on schedule.. I've gone to work in flurries and had to dig out of 7+ inches by 3pm... Our recent storm that dumped all that snow on us didn't affect school here because NYC schools were on a one week mid-winter recess, but I'm sure schools would have been closed for that one....it was the 4th largest snowfall in the city's history...our last snow day was the big storm of '96...we were shut down for 2 days and had a delayed opening on the third day...
The last time schools were closed for an emergency was Sept.12, 2001
and we were up and running on the 13th, albeit with a delayed opening... I hate to say it, but compared to NYC, seems most school districts are run by a bunch of wimps! Not that I always agree with the higher ups that keep schools up and running here...there are many times that I question their decisions, but teachers and parents carry no weight in that process... mostly it's an inconvenience (and sometimes a danger) to the staff because attendance is always low, yet the staff is expected to show up...
it's all about keeping the schools open to comply with federally funded breakfast and lunch programs...it's a sad fact, but if it wasn't for those programs many of our students would not have a decent meal.. :(
We are due for more snow Thurs. night into Friday... best case would give us 1-3"... worst case 3-6"... they are still tracking it... in any case, with a forecast like that, no matter what track the storm takes, NYC schools will be in session!


02-26-2003, 10:54 AM
Usually I'm a big snow guy. I love winter. But this year, I'm starting to get a little tired of the snow. I live in Northern Missouri right now as a student. We've got alot of snow, now it's not 20 inches, but alot for me :)

02-26-2003, 11:53 AM
I would have to agree about being wimpy with the school
closings. LOL I grew up in and around Chicago. I think we had 1
snow day from Kinder to 8th Grade and that was during the blizzard
of 67 or 68. CLosed down the whole city. I think we had one snow day in High School (can't rmeember back that far ROFL) One of
the reasons they close here is that so much of the school district is
rural and when the snow starts blowing those roads are impassable.
Takes forever to get the all the roads plowed.


02-27-2003, 11:09 AM
Closed school on the threat of snow? My kids would LOVE that! We NEVER get snow days! I WISH! MN is KNOWN for its Hard, furiously Cold winters, but this winter has been so soft its sad! We have snow, but Not Nearly as much as we usually get-and we've only had a few weeks of below 0 temps...now thats Unheard of! Earlier this week was about 30 below with wind chill and people were complaining, and then we all laughed saying we've become wimps! As

02-27-2003, 02:49 PM
I hate snow too.
At last count we have had 72 inches since Jan. and a 17 day stretch of below zero temps.

But I just booked my vacation tickets to sunny California.
So I'm starting to get happy.:) :) :cool:

02-27-2003, 03:39 PM
They closed a bunch of schools early today in St. Louis and it hasn't really even started yet. I've been getting calls all morning from people wanting refunds for the Blues game this evening. AHHHH!

Joyce~ you have to stop wishing for snow or my luck it will be there the weekend I'm in Nashville.