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Snow Dumped On Area

Snow Dumped On Area

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Heavy snow piled up in parts of northeastern Oklahoma on Wednesday,

causing treacherous driving conditions.

"It's snowin' like it means business," said Vinita Police

Department Dispatcher Jake Morrison.

Joann Berry, a dispatcher with the Pryor Police Department, said

3 to 4 inches of snow had fallen by 7 p.m. on grassy surfaces while

1 to 2 inches had accumulated on streets.

"It's starting to get very slick out there," Berry said. She

said state crews began sanding the roads around 5 p.m.

In Miami, Lt. Bill Butler said bridges grew slick around

nightfall and that roads quickly began to deteriorate as well.

"The traction is fair right now," Butler said. "But you can't

brake and you can't accelerate. If you're cautious you can get

around OK. By morning, though, it will probably be a real mess."

Butler said road crews were activated about 5:30 p.m.

In Vinita, police were reporting that 3 inches of snow had

accumulated and that roads were slushy.

Tulsa didn't get enough snow accumulation to build a decent snowman.

The city officially received about .40 of snow Wednesday.

Forecasters said warm ground conditions coupled with temperatures

that stayed above freezing much of the day were responsible for the

modest accumulation, despite large flakes falling for several hours.

Broken Arrow Police Department Communications Supervisor

Danny Clymer said snow began sticking on grassy surfaces in that

city around 5 p.m. He said about a inch accumulated in the next two

hours. He said roads became slushy. National Weather Service

forecaster Richard Uber said up to two inches were recorded in some

parts of Broken Arrow.

Those living in the extreme northeast corner of the state were

less fortunate. The west-to-east path of the storm, coupled with

temperatures that dropped below freezing in the late afternoon, led

to significant accumulations.

Conditions provoked the National Weather Service to put Ottawa,

Delaware, Cherokee, Craig, Mayes and Adair counties under a winter

storm warning Wednesday night. The warning also extended into

Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties in northwest Arkansas.

Forecasters said higher elevations in the warning area could

receive up to 8 inches of snow before the storm passes through.

Other areas could get up to 6 inches of snow.

Uber said the snow was a result of a stationary lower

level system in the southeast part of Oklahoma mixing with an upper

level storm which moved across the southwest United States.

"The interaction of the surface lows in northern Louisiana

and the strong upper level storm front across Texas resulted in

snow," Uber said. "The whole system has generally been moving east.

The forecast has it moving to the northeast for Thursday."

Even though the snow did not pile up in Tulsa, wet roads

combined with temperatures expected to finally drop below 32

degrees had city street crews preparing for hazardous driving

conditions Thursday morning.

Tulsa Public Works had 37 trucks ready to spread a

combination of sand and salt on 45 assigned routes.

Danny Crossland, street maintenance manager for Tulsa Public

Works, said the warm temperatures prevented the need for sand and

salt during the daytime Wednesday.

Police worked at least two minor weather-related injury accidents

Wednesday, a dispatcher said. One occurred about 3:30 p.m. at 2300 S.

Riverside Drive and another occurred later at 1200 Southwest Boulevard.

World staff writer Jerry Hereden contributed to this report.


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