The Norman Transcript


December 22, 2013

1,300 without power in Norman , 500 power outages in Noble



Sunday was expected to remain cold with highs in the low 30s, but no precipitation is expected for Sunday or the rest of the week, Gallant said. Monday temperatures are expected to be in the mid 30s and Tuesday through the rest of the week highs in the 40s are expected, he said.

Warm road temperatures didn’t allow much of the ice to stick so vehicle collisions were not a big problem Friday and Saturday. Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said from midnight Friday until Saturday afternoon police only responded to about 18 crashes.

“That’s pretty much no different than any other day,” Easley said.

Lt. Eric Lehenbauer, supervision officer on Saturday, said many of the accidents he would characterize as “fender benders”.

“Quite honestly I don’t know if it’s any worse than a normal day,” Lehenbauer said.

With the roads wet, he said motorists should still be cautious making sure to slow down and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, especially on overpasses and bridges.

Shawn O’Leary, City of Norman director of public works, said their biggest concern from the winter weather was the trees.

“There’s lots of weight and lots of ice on the trees, but it’s not nearly what we’ve seen in the past,” O’Leary said. “We’re starting to see major tree limb damage with limbs blocking roads and causing other nuisances, but reports are very favorable for Norman.”

O’Leary said it looks like Norman will get through the weather event without any major issues and are currently running crews 24 hours.

“We’re prepared for whatever happens,” he said. “Our biggest enemy right now is the rain.”

Cleveland County Commissioners Rusty Sullivan and Darry Stacy said the county roads have faired well with the exception of tree limbs.

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