Ice brings headaches, power outages
By Traci Chapman
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.
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.
As of Monday, power was restored throughout the area, and OG&E’s issues were also fixed.
Officials with the National Weather Service said more ice was expected during the day Saturday, tapering off and turning into snow overnight Saturday and Sunday. A high temperature of 33 degrees was expected both days, with overnight lows dropping to the high teens and low 20’s, NWS officials said. Worries about precipitation turned out to be unfounded, and although ice remained on the ground, cars and trees, conditions did not significantly deteriorate, NWS officials said Monday.
While roads were wet and icy in spots, there was not a great accumulation of ice on thoroughfares, officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Mustang and Canadian County officials said there had not been a spike in traffic incidents as a result of the storm. They still advised caution while traveling and warned overnight conditions would worsen as temperatures drop.