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Remembering Oklahoma's Blizzard Of 2011

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City of Tulsa snow plows worked around the clock to keep up with the snowfall. City of Tulsa snow plows worked around the clock to keep up with the snowfall.
Oklahomans used whatever they could to clear the snow. Oklahomans used whatever they could to clear the snow.
Traffic slowed to a crawl as the snow kept coming and coming. Traffic slowed to a crawl as the snow kept coming and coming.
The Oklahoma National Guard was called out to help. The Oklahoma National Guard was called out to help.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

Who can forget the sudden start to winter last January?

Spring-like temperatures tied a record set in 1947 in Tulsa and then 24 hours later a record-setting blizzard struck Oklahoma.

1/30/2011 Related Story: Major Winter Storm Expected Tuesday

Governor Mary Fallin declared a State of Emergency for all 77 counties and most Tulsa area schools canceled classes ahead of the predicted storm based on what was in the forecast.

1/31/2011 Related Story: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Declares State Of Emergency

State and local officials discouraged travel and positioned road clearing equipment ahead of the big storm.

When the storm did hit, one year ago Tuesday, it set a new snowfall record for one day in Tulsa.

2/1/2011 Related Story: Blizzard Brings Record Snowfall To Tulsa

The National Weather Service said 14 inches of snow was recorded at Tulsa International Airport. The previous record for Tulsa was 12.9 inches in March 1994.

It also breaks the record for the amount of snowfall for the month of February.

Snowfall totals across Northeast Oklahoma:

  • Owasso - 21 inches
  • Hominy – 20 inches
  • Claremore - 20 inches
  • Skiatook - 17 inches
  • Miami - 12 inches
  • Vinita – 12 inches
  • Nowata – 11 inches

Strong winds and single digit temperatures made travel across much of northeastern Oklahoma difficult if not impossible.

Tulsa International Airport shut down with all flights in and out of the airport canceled.

What made matters worse was this storm was just the first in a series of winter blasts which brought much of Oklahoma to a standstill in the days ahead.

The Oklahoma National Guard was activated and soldiers provided support to Oklahoma law enforcement.

2/1/2011 Related Story: Oklahoma National Guard Activated To Rescue Stranded Drivers

The Will Rogers Turnpike was shut down from Tulsa to the Missouri state line and the National Guard was sent out to rescue stranded motorists.

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