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President Joe Biden approves Oklahoma emergency declaration

President Joe Biden on Tuesday declared a state of emergency exists in Oklahoma as a result of severe winter weather that has all but locked down the state.

The declaration allows Oklahoma cities, counties and tribes to seek reimbursement for emergency expenses and authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the state.

FEMA will be able to coordinate disaster relief efforts in all of Oklahoma's 77 counties. Direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures will be provided at 75% federal funding, according to a White House news release.

Biden, a Democrat, approved Oklahoma's emergency request the same day Gov. Kevin Stitt sought the disaster declaration for the entire state. On Wednesday, Stitt praised the president's quick response.

“I want to thank President Biden for his swift action to grant our request and make federal resources available to Oklahomans,” Stitt said in a statement. “We will continue to leverage all resources as we recover from this storm.”

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<strong>A truck drives in the snow south on Boulevard just past Edwards at night in Edmond, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

A truck drives in the snow south on Boulevard just past Edwards at night in Edmond, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-beff38e49f0c897b9783730f97120682.jpg" alt="Photo - A truck drives in the snow south on Boulevard just past Edwards at night in Edmond, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title=" A truck drives in the snow south on Boulevard just past Edwards at night in Edmond, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> A truck drives in the snow south on Boulevard just past Edwards at night in Edmond, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c1b5c0495695c4c2703fbda629756f94.jpg" alt="Photo - Vonnita Croy uses a leaf blower to clear her driveway in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="Vonnita Croy uses a leaf blower to clear her driveway in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Vonnita Croy uses a leaf blower to clear her driveway in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bb0ff7dfa6db7aaccc59a0d96060cbb9.jpg" alt="Photo - A car drives along a neighborhood street in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] " title="A car drives along a neighborhood street in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A car drives along a neighborhood street in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4f107d68962193952f5c213895f458c0.jpg" alt="Photo - A snow plow clears NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="A snow plow clears NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A snow plow clears NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-56993205ecf8d04a84993274986addcc.jpg" alt="Photo - A snow plow clears NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] " title="A snow plow clears NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A snow plow clears NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3c018bffa1ac14ed74ec272b8c56c482.jpg" alt="Photo - A man walks along NW 164 as an Oklahoma City Public Works truck plowing snow approaches in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A man walks along NW 164 as an Oklahoma City Public Works truck plowing snow approaches in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A man walks along NW 164 as an Oklahoma City Public Works truck plowing snow approaches in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7bd0b00bc90e3084f045cf6975e6a5cf.jpg" alt="Photo - A park bench in the snow in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A park bench in the snow in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A park bench in the snow in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9b0a8a4d0fcda380d5967a5d6baf3253.jpg" alt="Photo - A car covered in snow is parked on the street in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A car covered in snow is parked on the street in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A car covered in snow is parked on the street in northwest Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ea7d8091b2d997f616157ba311693f70.jpg" alt="Photo - Footprints left in the fresh snow in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Footprints left in the fresh snow in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Footprints left in the fresh snow in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c55a6e9aa66f82156ef20ed61d484e22.jpg" alt="Photo - A person works to shovel snow from the driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A person works to shovel snow from the driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A person works to shovel snow from the driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fe364bb6e854eaf70da52afc65e9fc59.jpg" alt="Photo - A person works to shovel snow from the driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A person works to shovel snow from the driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A person works to shovel snow from the driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b9a8995b579520eb368dd88732a4c985.jpg" alt="Photo - The Postal Service truck has chains to deliver the mail to a neighborhood in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="The Postal Service truck has chains to deliver the mail to a neighborhood in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>The Postal Service truck has chains to deliver the mail to a neighborhood in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2939456a171c5fe40ebb88fc21a5bd2f.jpg" alt="Photo - A dog hangs out the window of a car driving north on Bryant Ave. in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="A dog hangs out the window of a car driving north on Bryant Ave. in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A dog hangs out the window of a car driving north on Bryant Ave. in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6b646b20b90bbc1826b008a6e179deff.jpg" alt="Photo - People walk along 15th St after going to a convenience store at Boulevard in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="People walk along 15th St after going to a convenience store at Boulevard in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>People walk along 15th St after going to a convenience store at Boulevard in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6c245988ae7fecb20bdadc7aff64241e.jpg" alt="Photo - People walk along 15th St after going to a convenience store at Boulevard in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="People walk along 15th St after going to a convenience store at Boulevard in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>People walk along 15th St after going to a convenience store at Boulevard in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2ef08ff4fe981d466d49269ad2c5be20.jpg" alt="Photo - in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title=" in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f7bf148a977c619b9fb84e9c73a3fa02.jpg" alt="Photo - Traffic heading north on Coltrane from 33rd in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="Traffic heading north on Coltrane from 33rd in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Traffic heading north on Coltrane from 33rd in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1e1555dd5fc6f9da903ce0348f6c922c.jpg" alt="Photo - A Jeep makes its way east on 33rd St near Coltrane in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="A Jeep makes its way east on 33rd St near Coltrane in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A Jeep makes its way east on 33rd St near Coltrane in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-49d5256087645bf9f9beb55d6c028513.jpg" alt="Photo - A man in a Bobcat clears snow from the parking lot of the Shoppes at Cheyenne in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="A man in a Bobcat clears snow from the parking lot of the Shoppes at Cheyenne in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A man in a Bobcat clears snow from the parking lot of the Shoppes at Cheyenne in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6bb2d3ed46129f10d70e193757d8069e.jpg" alt="Photo - A man in a Bobcat clears snow from the parking lot of the Shoppes at Cheyenne in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="A man in a Bobcat clears snow from the parking lot of the Shoppes at Cheyenne in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A man in a Bobcat clears snow from the parking lot of the Shoppes at Cheyenne in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d11396e78294b214e99e6f96891c394c.jpg" alt="Photo - A man clears a parking lot along 15th St in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] " title="A man clears a parking lot along 15th St in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A man clears a parking lot along 15th St in Edmond Wednesday, February 17, 2021. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2aefe07491ea3026606a71655ae78aa8.jpg" alt="Photo - Crews work to clear snow from the Kilpatrick Turnpike Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Crews work to clear snow from the Kilpatrick Turnpike Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Crews work to clear snow from the Kilpatrick Turnpike Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-322b9d68428b1f01d277f050167c94c3.jpg" alt="Photo - A person uses a snowblower to clear their driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A person uses a snowblower to clear their driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A person uses a snowblower to clear their driveway in Yukon, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e5eba002e50e56385cc6c0e6dbbdfcbb.jpg" alt="Photo - A person rides a motorcycle through the snow in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A person rides a motorcycle through the snow in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A person rides a motorcycle through the snow in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-67d86cc8e448b39eb3c48c89aa0f43fe.jpg" alt="Photo - Crews work to clear snow from the parking lot of the The Market at Czech Hall in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Crews work to clear snow from the parking lot of the The Market at Czech Hall in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Crews work to clear snow from the parking lot of the The Market at Czech Hall in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-db8dfdbe4e996384a0884171bf76ae2e.jpg" alt="Photo - Crews work to clear snow from the parking lot of the The Market at Czech Hall in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Crews work to clear snow from the parking lot of the The Market at Czech Hall in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Crews work to clear snow from the parking lot of the The Market at Czech Hall in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ad6186f16d4f22233244258cf9c6ec97.jpg" alt="Photo - Snow covered rooftops Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Snow covered rooftops Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Snow covered rooftops Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fb5ad8365651417548cfa53635a1dee3.jpg" alt="Photo - " title=""><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3cf955b7cb72ea7ccf63e0ff718ad0b9.jpg" alt="Photo - Icicles hang from a roof in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Icicles hang from a roof in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Icicles hang from a roof in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4ff7a12e276a9640f3f17e725fcb18bc.jpg" alt="Photo - Animal tracks are seen on the frozen surface of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Animal tracks are seen on the frozen surface of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Animal tracks are seen on the frozen surface of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6761dcf45ded38ddafceca8a14ac41d6.jpg" alt="Photo - A child carries a sled back up a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A child carries a sled back up a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A child carries a sled back up a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-981e5e2042fddae9db737bc1b14cc977.jpg" alt="Photo - Sledders line up on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Sledders line up on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Sledders line up on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d5d4712920f08368cdedfc04c9b0251f.jpg" alt="Photo - Teagen Chambers, 12, left, collides with Ali Rhandour, 5, while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Teagen Chambers, 12, left, collides with Ali Rhandour, 5, while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Teagen Chambers, 12, left, collides with Ali Rhandour, 5, while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a88c02483835d70605bd6c412c4ece22.jpg" alt="Photo - Sledders race up and down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Sledders race up and down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Sledders race up and down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5bad6356e9ae22a17dd1237574724f1e.jpg" alt="Photo - Megan Kozart slides down a hill on an inflatable bird along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Megan Kozart slides down a hill on an inflatable bird along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Megan Kozart slides down a hill on an inflatable bird along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ae29dbc3c4f46b1be1dc969ab4452da8.jpg" alt="Photo - A child watches as sledder race down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A child watches as sledder race down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A child watches as sledder race down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a399f90101e9edd939b8d1ce55456700.jpg" alt="Photo - Sledders race down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Sledders race down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Sledders race down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f5cb78385b5b2d99428140bac19d1e3c.jpg" alt="Photo - A person falls down while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A person falls down while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A person falls down while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ae849e329c1184df39d2c51218d3376f.jpg" alt="Photo - " title=""><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-983fdf08d7601c9fee41bd77f53dddf6.jpg" alt="Photo - Megan Kozart gets ready to slide down a hill on an inflatable bird along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Megan Kozart gets ready to slide down a hill on an inflatable bird along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Megan Kozart gets ready to slide down a hill on an inflatable bird along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-35f6e6523a1be09e7a25aadfda2f9580.jpg" alt="Photo - Harper Brown, 8, flies through the air while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Harper Brown, 8, flies through the air while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Harper Brown, 8, flies through the air while sledding down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e22494c4856ad92e059331a234da0042.jpg" alt="Photo - Courtney Mick and her dog Rumble sled down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Courtney Mick and her dog Rumble sled down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Courtney Mick and her dog Rumble sled down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d15b8f3446087535b14cc2f79fe69adb.jpg" alt="Photo - Jaleesa Daniels, 13, falls off her sled on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Jaleesa Daniels, 13, falls off her sled on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jaleesa Daniels, 13, falls off her sled on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5d3af320d28d75b6e9612c4b32c3e4a1.jpg" alt="Photo - A person falls down while trying to sled down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A person falls down while trying to sled down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A person falls down while trying to sled down a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-406deb921ff4e89f031af31a413fd76f.jpg" alt="Photo - A sledder knocks down a man at the bottom of a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A sledder knocks down a man at the bottom of a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A sledder knocks down a man at the bottom of a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6579deb395fb19371cc4f7b18f037c00.jpg" alt="Photo - Sledders watch as a snowboarder flies through the air on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Sledders watch as a snowboarder flies through the air on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Sledders watch as a snowboarder flies through the air on a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c1234a2a6e1f99e49c2ca952527ef55b.jpg" alt="Photo - Sledders comes to a stop at the bottom of a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Sledders comes to a stop at the bottom of a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Sledders comes to a stop at the bottom of a hill along W Hefner Road in Oklahoma City after a winter storm dropped another layer of snow in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cfdb572f8c491afbfb2b019c36f30e0c.jpg" alt="Photo - People push a stuck car near the Broadway Extension in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="People push a stuck car near the Broadway Extension in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>People push a stuck car near the Broadway Extension in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a912bf391d0e67e56d40d005fb9318d5.jpg" alt="Photo - A man shovels a sidewalk in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="A man shovels a sidewalk in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A man shovels a sidewalk in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e79e143eb28300f4bf717583e842db7a.jpg" alt="Photo - A snow plow clears the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="A snow plow clears the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A snow plow clears the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c1a2006c43b5b216149bffd3fad2d96c.jpg" alt="Photo - Ken takes pictures of Adrian and Thiago, right, at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Ken takes pictures of Adrian and Thiago, right, at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Ken takes pictures of Adrian and Thiago, right, at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-383ee111f0fdefe7958b18daae162604.jpg" alt="Photo - Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8f32d04dceb994d55112c8bc657c69ee.jpg" alt="Photo - Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b4f81b334f92cbc442e7a5c9f4bb3cea.jpg" alt="Photo - Thiago poses for a photograph at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Thiago poses for a photograph at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Thiago poses for a photograph at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-932e80e8369b0050a5f5fe4a4a063507.jpg" alt="Photo - A person walks at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="A person walks at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A person walks at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-37d0407c9b97eb5cb898d166c9b5be50.jpg" alt="Photo - Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Lake Hefner is pictured after a snow storm in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-888c055ff9b650e400799c28e8c9de9e.jpg" alt="Photo - A child walks along the top of a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="A child walks along the top of a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A child walks along the top of a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a65f6c3301c6f5f9a356e4203d7a63b6.jpg" alt="Photo - Kayleigh James, 3, waits to sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Kayleigh James, 3, waits to sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Kayleigh James, 3, waits to sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7b8a3925dd081fdcc4802155e3c013c4.jpg" alt="Photo - Layne Peterson walks with an inter tube while sledding on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Layne Peterson walks with an inter tube while sledding on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Layne Peterson walks with an inter tube while sledding on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-2e57a8b775ec0b7b352bef53bde29e52.jpg" alt="Photo - Anna Davidson and Jake Robertson walk up hill after sledding along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Anna Davidson and Jake Robertson walk up hill after sledding along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Anna Davidson and Jake Robertson walk up hill after sledding along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fb21d99698639378fdf1fa57d48bad23.jpg" alt="Photo - From left to right: Layne Patterson, Farrah Enright, Kevin Enright and Jace Enright sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="From left to right: Layne Patterson, Farrah Enright, Kevin Enright and Jace Enright sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>From left to right: Layne Patterson, Farrah Enright, Kevin Enright and Jace Enright sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-171d0d13c7c4bcabcfc4311148cde615.jpg" alt="Photo - Ragan Moore sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Ragan Moore sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Ragan Moore sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-04efed20f5d941c5c838901d483d5ce5.jpg" alt="Photo - Layne Patterson and Farrah Enright sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Layne Patterson and Farrah Enright sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Layne Patterson and Farrah Enright sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6c5748e4e93dc77dfeb83d203562776c.jpg" alt="Photo - Jace Enright sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Jace Enright sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jace Enright sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c4e6f7f6521f189d118d944bfbc0e7a6.jpg" alt="Photo - Austin Schuh sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Austin Schuh sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Austin Schuh sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-57acca13fc3dec28031947d5328745c7.jpg" alt="Photo - Ragan Moore flips after crashing while sledding on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Ragan Moore flips after crashing while sledding on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Ragan Moore flips after crashing while sledding on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-929702e56beaec6e72d8f31a1ea5ece4.jpg" alt="Photo - Anna Davidson and Jake Robertson sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Anna Davidson and Jake Robertson sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Anna Davidson and Jake Robertson sled on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bcb6abeb6e6155043e34baf1a5aaa810.jpg" alt="Photo - Cooper Schuh sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]" title="Cooper Schuh sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Cooper Schuh sleds on a hill along Hefner Road in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›

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