Thanksgiving Could Bring Season's First Snow

Wednesday, November 21st 2007, 1:08 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's first snow of the season was forecast for Thanksgiving weekend, but the thousands of holiday visitors streaming in and out of the state are not likely to be hampered by the cold snap.

"A lot of places, you'll be saying 'Look here's snow,' but there won't be much accumulation," National Weather Service forecaster Daryl Williams said Wednesday. "The temperatures were in the mid- to low-80s Tuesday and it takes some time for the ground to cool off."

Temperatures dipped into the 30s in many Oklahoma locations Wednesday, and the mercury was expected to drop to the upper-20s on Thursday and Friday, with the greatest chance of light rain or snow anticipated for Friday night.

Travelers packed Will Rogers World Airport Wednesday on what is usually its busiest travel day of the year, airport spokeswoman Jennifer McCollum said.

"We had every seat on every airline sold out this morning," she said. "This is a highly human environment. People are leaving and arriving. There are a lot of goodbyes and hellos. It's a very happy place to be."

Despite the crowds, flight operations were smooth and without significant delay at Will Rogers and Tulsa International Airport.

The University of Oklahoma marching band got an early jump on holiday travel. The band traveled to New York Monday so they'd have time to sightsee and practice before performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

They'll return Thursday afternoon to prepare for Saturday's Bedlam game.

The football matchup between No. 10 Oklahoma and unranked Oklahoma State will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Norman.

After losing to Texas Tech Saturday night, Oklahoma can still win the Big 12 South with a win over the Cowboys. A loss would hand the South title to Texas if the Longhorns beat Texas A&M on Saturday.

Other events on tap for the holiday weekend:

  • The Turkey Trot Classic, an 8K race, on Thanksgiving Day at Stars & Stripes Park on the south shore of Lake Hefner.

  • The Festival of Lights Parade Saturday in Pawnee.

  • A festival of light throughout Guthrie, including "A Territorial Christmas Carol" at the Pollard Theater through December 21.

  • Downtown in December in Oklahoma City, Friday to January 1, outdoor ice skating, water taxi excursions and snow tubing.

  • Christmas lights and festivals in Midwest City, Purcell, Cordell, Chickasha, Muskogee, Claremore, Bartlesville, Kingfisher and Ponca City.