The Norman Transcript

Local news

February 4, 2014

Winter isn’t over for Oklahoma

NORMAN — As wintry weather hits the state and moves through the nation, it’s looking like the groundhog got it right.

Groundhog or no groundhog, winter is never really over until the middle of March due to the tilt of the earth, according to weather experts. March 20 is astronomically the first day of spring. Until then, science and experience tells us snow and cold temperatures are possible.

“Some of our biggest snows and cold temperatures are often in February and March,” National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Brown said. “The groundhog is cute and funny, but his accuracy is less than desired. I think there were too many cameras this year, so I think he got scared.”

Still, sympathies are with the groundhog after the weekend snow that draped between three and four inches across Norman, according to measurements by the NWS.

Many will wake to more snow today, with cold temperatures expected throughout the week. The worst of today’s storm will hit the northern portion of Oklahoma.

“We’re only expecting an inch and a half or two inches in Norman,” Brown said Monday afternoon. “There are indications that Norman may only get a dusting. We’re expecting it to top out at two inches.”

City crews have been treating roads and bridges and will continue to do so throughout the week as winter weather rolls through.

“We’re really pacing ourselves, knowing that we just came out of a debris cleanup,” Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary said.

The debris removal was implemented in response to the ice storm that hit Norman on Dec. 20. The debris pickup was completed today — two days early to allow staff to focus on road conditions.

“We literally converted most of our equipment over this weekend in advance of that snow storm, and it went really well,” O’Leary said. “We did a fairly typical snowplow operation. We did some overnight pretreating of bridges. Basically, it was a very clean, dry snow that was a snowplow operation.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • N7 Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma’s superintendent attracts opponents

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi....

    April 17, 2014

  • Human Rights Artist, activist-in-residence uses art to enlighten society

    La Puerta del Mileno, the Millennium Door, attempts to beckon travelers into the city walls of Ciudad Juarez, but the steel beams are abruptly interrupted as they reach for the sky by the eye of a child who sees the underlying message: the ...

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Ducks Unlimited night set

    Cleveland County’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual “Sportsman Night” at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Optimist Club Gym in Norman....

    April 17, 2014

  • Record number of NPS students selected for Duke program

    A record number of Norman Public Schools seventh-graders have been selected for Duke University’s Talent Identification Search for State and National Recognition. Fifty-one students were identified via a competitive testing process for ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Fed says no to business help

    LEXINGTON — The federal government has turned down the state’s request for an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration following the Jan. 31 closure of the Lexington-Purcell bridge over the Canadian River....

    April 17, 2014

  • History group to host local book signing event

    Mae Davenport Cox will sign copies of “Red Dirt, River and Rails: Early-Day Settlers to Southern Cleveland County” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Senior Citizen Center during ‘89er Day festivities....

    April 17, 2014

  • OU Staff Week to include daily activities

    The University of Oklahoma Norman campus Staff Week, set April 21-25, will feature many activities. The theme is “OU Staff: The Real Superheroes.” Donations of canned food for Food and Shelter may be brought to all activities except the ...

    April 17, 2014