Winter Storm Dumps More Than A Foot Of Snow In Parts Of NE Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 8th 2011, 11:39 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma --  For a second consecutive Tuesday, a winter storm has brought snow to Oklahoma. 

The system moved into the Tulsa area about 10 p.m. Tuesday night and was expected to remain in the area through mid-day Wednesday.

News On 6 meteorologist Alan Crone says this storm is producing some snowfall rates in the range of two inches per hour in a few locations. 

"Moderate to heavy snowfall will continue through the morning hours resulting in some significant snowfall accumulation," said Crone.

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A band of heavy snow has fallen across Osage, Washington and Nowata counties Wednesday, with snowfall amounts reaching 14 inches in spots.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa is reporting nearly two feet of snow has fallen in parts of
northeastern Oklahoma

  •    Jay, 25 inches
  •    Colcord, 22 inches
  •    Big Cabin, 21 inches
  •    Pawhuska and Pryor, 18 inches
  •    Bartlesville, 13 inches
  •    Collinsville and Westville, 8.5 inches
  •    Vinita, Owasso and Sperry, 8 inches
  •    Owasso and Broken Arrow, 6.5 inches
  •    Hominy, Nowata, Grove and Eufaula, 6 inches
  •    Tulsa, 4.5 inches
  •    Catoosa and Poteau, 4 inches
  •    Jenks and McAlester, 3 inches

A winter storm warning will remain in effect for most of the day Wednesday. 

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The Tulsa Police Department says it's borrowed 3 four-wheel drive 1-ton trucks from the Tulsa Fire Department.  It's also rented four-wheel drive vehicles and is allowing officers to use their personal vehicles if the need arises.

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"Beginning tonight [Tuesday] officers will be paired in two man units to respond to only priority one and two calls. We will remain on Operation Slick Streets throughout the storm," according to a news release from the department.

The Tulsa County Courthouse and County Facilities are closed Wednesday, February 9, 2011 due to the inclement weather conditions.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said all travel is discouraged.  ODOT officials said there are 115 crews and 500 trucks available with more than 130,000 tons of sand and salt.

Just like last week, the storm will be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures and blustery winds.

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Street crews in Tulsa and Broken Arrow are keeping busy Wednesday morning.  Both communities have snow plows out and are working to keep the main streets open to traffic.

The good news is, the weather team expects a dramatic warm-up over the weekend, with highs in the 50s.