Ice brings power outages; more ice, snow on the way

Crews with Caddo Electric Company were working Saturday morning on Czech Hall Road, south of Mustang, to remove frozen tree limbs that had fallen on power lines. (Photo/Travis Miller)

By Traci Chapman – 10:32 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21

Residents in areas of Canadian County lost power early Saturday morning in the wake of an ice storm that left a reported three quarters of an inch to an inch of ice overnight.

ice accumulation

Courtesy National Weather Service

Crews with Caddo Electric were working south of Mustang in rural Oklahoma City, trying to free ice-covered tree limbs that had fallen on power lines. Workers on site said they were traveling throughout the area trying to determine the source of an outage that had affected an unknown number of residents. Several neighborhoods south of Mustang were confirmed to be without power.

On Saturday morning, OG&E reported about 8,700 customers throughout the Oklahoma City metro area were without power. The company was facing its own difficulties, as its website – including its SystemWatch monitoring site – were not working. Officials also said some customers were having problems reporting outages, but the issues were being addressed.

Courtesy National Weather Service

Courtesy National Weather Service

Officials with the National Weather Service said more ice is expected during the day Saturday, tapering off and turning into snow overnight Saturday and Sunday. A high temperature of 33 degrees is expected both days, while overnight lows will drop to the high teens and low 20’s, NWS officials said.

While roads were wet and icy in spots, as of Saturday morning there was not a great accumulation of ice on thoroughfares, officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. They still advised caution while traveling and warned overnight conditions would worsen as temperatures drop.

Courtesy National Weather Service

Courtesy National Weather Service

To report an outage by phone, contact OG&E at 800-522-6870 or 405-272-9595 or Caddo Electric at 405- 656-2322.