Most City offices are closed today. Public meetings, including the City Council meeting, have been canceled. The closing also affects Recreation Centers, Municipal Court and Utilities. Citizens whose normal trash collection day is today should set their Big Blue carts and recycling bins on the curb by 6 a.m. Saturday, February 5.
Officials at Will Rogers World Airport have made the decision to close the airport to aircraft operations. Airport maintenance crews have been working through the night in an effort to keep a runway operational, but snow accumulation, high winds and low visibility have made efforts difficult. All commercial flights have been cancelled through this afternoon. The airport is advising that no one attempt to come to the airport until the airport has reopened and arriving and departing flights are confirmed.
Airlines are encouraging travelers to rebook their flight until later in the week, even into next week, as this storm will continue to work its way to the east and other airports will be impacted. Airlines are waiving change fees. To change a reservation, travelers need to contact the airline’s reservations number or check the website. Do not come to the airport to change your ticket.
Animal Welfare reminds pet owners to bring their outdoor pets inside during cold weather. At the very least, pet owners should have an insulated dog house with dry bedding that is out of the wind. Dog houses without insulation are not enough to protect dogs from hypothermia. Freezing drinking water also poses a risk to pets.
People are encouraged to avoid driving during hazardous conditions. Those who have to drive should have someone to call in case they are stranded. Drivers who are stranded on City streets should try to move their vehicles off the road so other vehicles and emergency vehicles can safely pass.
Log on to www.okc.gov/snow to see the snow route map, watch weather-related tips and videos on generator safety, driving on ice and protecting your pipes.