NORMAN — Every school-aged child’s dream came true as they lazily rolled out of bed on Friday and heard those two magical words: snow day.
Many in the Norman and metro area bundled up as they relished a day off from work while many more headed to work later than usual with delayed opening office times.
The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Moore, Blanchard, Little Axe, and Noble schools were closed as well as activities canceled. And crews from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation plowed snow and applied sand to slick spots statewide on Friday.
Norman Police Department Captain Tom Easley said Norman residents were being good, following safety tips and staying indoors with only seven car accidents Thursday night and no accidents reported by late Friday afternoon. NPD is operating under its inclement weather protocol and will only respond to injury-related accidents. Easley said this protocol would stay in place until road conditions improve.
NPD responded to four of the seven car accidents on Thursday night. Two of the four accidents involved property damage. In one accident, a vehicle ran into a building and in the other accident, a vehicle ran into a fire hydrant. Easley said the police department responded to these two accidents because they involved property damage other than a vehicle.
As of Friday afternoon, heavy sleet and snowfall had moved out of the state according to Marc Austin, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Austin said although the area might see a light round of snow tonight into Sunday, such snow fall would be more of a dusting.
“Right now we have two main concerns: extreme lows and freezing roads,” Austin said.
Temperatures will be in the single digits today. The temperature at kickoff for the OU-OSU bedlam game today is expected to be 15 degrees with a wind chill of zero. Austin advised fans to wear lots of layers, hats and gloves if attending the game.