The Edmond Sun

February 26, 2013

Winter storm bypasses Edmond

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — While a strong winter storm disrupted normal routines in parts of northwest and northern Oklahoma, Edmond dodged a weather bullet.

The system prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to have Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb declare a state of emergency in 56 counties, activate an emergency operations center, close roads due to snow and blowing snow and interrupt schedules for schools and different levels of government.

In Oklahoma, the system dropped 18 inches of snow in the Fort Supply area, 15 inches in Woodward, 11 inches in Beaver, 6 inches at Alva, Turpin and near Watonga, 5 inches at Mayfield and 4.5 inches at Guymon, according to Hydrometeorological Prediction Center measurements through 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Amy Elliott, spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office, said a 71-year-old Woodward man was killed when an awning on his home collapsed due to heavy snow.

For information regarding Oklahoma road conditions, call 405-425-2385 or go to www.dps.state.ok.us.

In Edmond, by mid-morning Tuesday, much of the small amount of snow that did accumulate had melted.

Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the agency had no storm-related incidents to report.

“It was pretty much business as usual,” Monroe said. “We did have our SUVs all staged at the PD, but didn’t need them for anything weather related.”

In Kansas, the system dropped 10 inches of snow in the Carbondale area, 8 inches in Kingman, Osage City and Reading and 7 inches in Anthony and Garnett.

Kansas Adjutant General’s Department spokeswoman Sharon Watson said at 7:42 p.m. Monday in Ellis County a woman was killed when her pickup slid on an icy patch and rolled. Earlier in the day a driver was killed in a one-car crash.

During the coming days, Edmond’s forecast includes a high near 38 Tuesday followed by highs in the lower 40s, according to the National Weather Service. It contains no chances for precipitation through Saturday.