Roads still icy, Oklahoma braces for more snow
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - With many roads in Oklahoma still icy from winter storms that dumped snow and ice across the state, officials are now bracing for up to three more inches of snow.
The National Weather Service said Sunday that up to three inches of snow is expected Monday and Tuesday in the northwestern part of the state and sub-freezing temperatures are to continue through at least the middle of the week.
Weather service meteorologist Wayne Ruff says a cold front is expected to develop rapidly Monday in western Oklahoma and drop more inches of snow in the region before moving into Kansas and Missouri. Ruff says the air mass will quickly become dry and isn't expected to produce more than about an inch of snow after it leaves Oklahoma.
Roads remain icy following winter storm in Okla.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says roads in western, eastern, and southeastern Oklahoma remain slick and hazardous following winter storms that dumped snow, ice and sleet on most of the state.
Also, Texas officials are discouraging travel on southbound Interstate 35 just past the Oklahoma state line and from U.S. 69/75 from Colbert into Denison, Texas. Oklahoma Highway 91 into Texas has been closed because of numerous accidents.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lieutenant Scott Hampton described the roads as a virtual parking lot.
ODOT says roads conditions are improving, but remain slick due to refreezing and that crews are working around the clock in an effort to clear them.
The department says roads in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas are relatively clear, but remain slick in spots.
About 5,100 still without power in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says about 5,100 homes and businesses remained without power Sunday across the state following winter storms that brought snow, sleet and ice across Oklahoma.
The commission said Sunday that most of the outages were in southeast Oklahoma with Choctaw Electric Cooperative reporting about 4,000 without electricity in the Hugo area.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma reports nearly 875 outages in the Antlers area while Arkansas Valley Electric has about 200 outages in Pocola and Roland and Southeastern Electric Cooperative has about 75 outages in Durant area.
Crews from at least 8 different Electric Cooperatives from across Oklahoma are assisting in the restoration effort at Choctaw Electric Cooperative.
At the height of the storm on Friday there were more than 9,300 homes and businesses without power.
3.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in central Okla.
SPENCER, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a 3.1 magnitude earthquake near Spencer in central Oklahoma.
The USGS reports the tremor was recorded at 12:27 a.m. Sunday about four miles north of Spencer, about 11 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. No injuries or damage were reported.
The quake is the fourth recorded during the weekend, including an estimated 4.5 magnitude quake that struck shortly after noon on Saturday near Arcadia. A 2.8 magnitude quake was recorded at 1:26 p.m. and a 3.1 magnitude tremor was recorded at 5:58 p.m. Saturday in the same region.
No injuries or damage were reported from any of the quakes.
Satanists seek spot on Oklahoma Statehouse steps
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a satanic statute when they approved a Ten Commandments monument for the Statehouse steps.
A spokesman for the New York-based Satanic Temple notified the state's Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a statue to go next to the Ten Commandments monument. It's planning to submit one of several possible designs this month. Spokesman Lucien Greaves says one potential design involves a pentagram.
The Legislature authorized the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009. It was placed on the Capitol grounds last year, although legal experts who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit.
But Greaves says the move opened up a public space for the satanic group.
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