OKLAHOMA CITY — At 11 a.m. on Christmas Day (Tueday), the temperature in Oklahoma City was 24 degrees F, with snow steady in the MidTown area. The chance of snow continues at 80 percent for the next several hours, dropping to 60 percent in the evening.
Driving conditions were beginning to deteriorate, as an icy glaze covered streets and roads, and snow had begun to accumulate on side streets. Christmas Eve services yesterday and at midnight were heavily attended, but this morning attendance was off dramatically at many MidTown and MidCity congregations.
Temperatures are expected to be below freezing for the next couple of days.
City street crews hit the pavement all over town beginning late yesterday, and are dividing the work today with two 12-hour shifts. Approximately 33 trucks were working with 9000 tons of available salt and loads of sand to help keep bridges and snow routes passable.
Christmas morning, weather conditions at Will Rogers Airport were still good. Airport crews applied dry chemical to the runways beginning approximately 2:30 a.m. Surface temperatures were then hovering around 32 degrees.
The airport is open and it was anticipated that some flights would leave Christmas morning, however several flights were cancelled yesterday in advance of the storm. Even though the airport is open, is important to remember that other conditions, such as freezing precipitation, low visibility, or conditions at other airports may impact the operation of a flight.
Weather problems may not be limited to Oklahoma City. Denver is expecting snowstorms through tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, Dallas has the potential for snow and freezing rain, and Houston and Atlanta are expecting thunderstorms. The weather could impact several major airline hubs across the country.
In a notice to The City Sentinel, Karen Carney of the airport public information staff urged anyone traveling to or from Will Rogers World Airport to check flight status prior to coming to the airport.
Note: Associate Publisher Patrick B. McGuigan contributed to this report.