Snow Moves Into Tulsa Area

Saturday, March 28th 2009, 10:33 am
By: News On 6

By Jeffrey Smith, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- When those in the Tulsa area were getting up Saturday morning, the storm was just getting started.

The snow started falling about 9 a.m., creating power outages, traffic accidents and all sorts of headaches for drivers.

Accumulations in greater Tulsa are expected to be as much as 10 inches.

"I just can't believe we're this close to April and we're getting this much snow," U.S. mail carrier Darita Poplin said. "It's horrible."

Poplin has been a mail carrier in Tulsa for six years. She says she's used to driving in all sorts of winter weather, but never four days from April.

"When I got up this morning there was no snow, and I was like, ‘Yay! It missed us!' And then it started snowing and I was like, ‘Oh, no, I don't want to do this again,'" she said.

By 11 a.m. three inches of snow were already on the ground, a week into spring.

"From being 80 (degrees) last week to now, it's definitely, definitely strange," Tulsa Police Officer Jon Cozad said.

Tulsa officers say within the first hour of snowfall, there were at least 15 traffic accidents. EMSA responded to almost five dozen calls.

"I was surprised it fell as quick as it did as heavy as it did, for sure," Cozad said.

All over town, drivers relied on one another's kindness as dozens of traffic lights went dark. Along the Broken Arrow Expressway, cars stared down against a white abyss.

Jared Lytton says the roads were a mess.

"This is pretty wicked today," he said.

March came in like a lamb and is going out like a polar bear.

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