The Edmond Sun

February 21, 2013

Commuters deal with wintry mix again

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Despite temperatures in the 30s storms producing thunder and a wintry mix passed over the Edmond area early Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service allowed the winter weather advisory for Central Oklahoma to expire shortly after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. This coincided with the end of precipitation in the Oklahoma City metro area. Main roads were improving as the early morning sleet slid away.

At 9:53 a.m. Thursday, it was 33 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service. At about 1 p.m., the temperature had not changed much. Temperatures were expected to rise into the 40s later in the day.

The wintry weather caused Edmond Public Schools and Deer Creek Public Schools to close for the day as well as most private schools in Edmond, including Oklahoma Christian Academy, Oklahoma Christian School and St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

University of Central Oklahoma classes and offices opened at 11 a.m. All activities that started before 11 a.m. were canceled. The Oklahoma Christian University campus opened at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Many activities scheduled for Thursday were canceled or delayed, including all Edmond Parks and Recreation classes, according to the City of Edmond.

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) rescheduled its free, public master class with guitarist Richard Fortus for 7 p.m. Monday in the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E. Sheridan in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district. The master class originally was scheduled for Thursday, but inclement weather forced the delay.

Jenny Monroe, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said from midnight through mid-morning officers had responded to five accidents; one of those was with a minor injury. Officers also responded to several motorist assist calls, Monroe said.

Monroe said most Edmond streets were slushy.

The Edmond forecast for Thursday night included a low near 22. Friday’s high is expected to be near 38 under mostly sunny skies, followed by highs in the 50s during the weekend. Sunday night there will be a 30 percent chance of showers with a low near 32. Monday a high near 44 will be accompanied by mostly sunny skies. | 341-2121, ext. 108