Blizzard Brings Record Snowfall To Tulsa
TULSA, Oklahoma – Tuesday's snowstorm set a new snowfall record in the Tulsa area.
The National Weather Service said 14 inches of snow was recorded at Tulsa International Airport.
Tuesday's snowfall sets a new record for the amount of snowfall in a 24-hour period. 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
A blizzard warning remains in effect from central through northeastern Oklahoma.
All flights into and out of Tulsa International Airport were canceled Tuesday. Spokeswoman Alexis Higgins says they're hoping flights can resume by noon on Wednesday. She said crews began clearing the main runway late Tuesday but were dealing with fierce winds that kept blowing snow back onto cleared runways.
Due to the weather, the Tulsa County Courthouse and other Tulsa County facilities will be closed on Wednesday.
Several schools also canceled class for Wednesday.
Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties. The declaration gives the state a mechanism to allow local governments to be reimbursed for costs related to the storm. The order also is a first step toward seeking federal aid.