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Opinion

December 25, 2012

A gentler, white Christmas

NORMAN — The prospects of a white Christmas look pretty good as of this writing Monday morning. Forecasters are predicting snow in Oklahoma and Arkansas on Christmas Day.

If it comes, please make it an easy one, not like the storm of 2009 that made most of us ask for no more such days.

Snow began falling on Christmas Eve that year and stranded travelers in vehicles for hours. Many Norman residents came to their aid. Norman Regional’s Healthplex became a place to wait out the storm for many of them.

Since records have been kept, there has been snow on Christmas only 11 times. We’ve had some extremely cold ones. The coldest Christmas on record was minus one degree on Christmas Day 1983.

If it happens, city and county crews will be prepared. One commissioner said he’d been stockpiling sand since summer. Workers will get the major arteries cleared. Morning church services might be delayed, leaving more time to spend with family.

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