Oklahoma weather: Ice forces closings, causes power outages
A flurry of closings and power outages spread across the metro as icy rain fell across a large swath of the state Monday.
Southwest Airlines canceled 16 inbound and outbound flights for Monday, and all outbound flights for Tuesday morning, airport officials said.
The move is to keep aircraft from sitting overnight at the airport and accumulating ice, said Joshua Ryan, public information and market coordinator for the airport.
Southwest expects to be operational again with their first arrival Tuesday scheduled for 10:20 a.m.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported about 70,000 customers were out of power at 3 p.m.. The city of Edmond said it had about 3,800 people without power at 12:35 p.m.
Oklahoma City officials said 15 trucks were salting bridges along snow routes. At midnight, the city will have 19 sand trucks out. City crews also were removing downed limbs and trees from streets.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department asked people not call 911 or the Fire Department to report power lines arcing. Only call if the power lines are on the ground, the agency said. Fire dispatchers were inundated by calls about arcing power lines.
Many locations were shutting down in the afternoon, including the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus, and the Oklahoma County Courthouse, both closing at 3 p.m. Oklahoma City's municipal court closed for the day due to a power outage.
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Oklahoma City and Edmond public school districts canceled all after-school and evening activities.
OKCPS announced the cancellation of all in-person classes Tuesday. Officials said all OKCPS students will login online to learn from home. OKCPS administrative offices and operations center will be closed. All activities and curbside meal service for Tuesday have also been canceled.
The Oklahoma City-County Health Department announced all clinic locations will be closed on Tuesday.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum both closed due to power outages.
The National Weather Service in Norman predicts sleet and freezing rain will continue through the early afternoon over the northwestern half of Oklahoma and parts of northern Texas.
As the heavier precipitation ends, freezing drizzle may develop late this afternoon and into tonight, according to NWS forecasters.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports slick and hazardous highway conditions in much of western Oklahoma and parts of north-central Oklahoma. Conditions can change rapidly, and drivers are urged to use caution when traveling.