NORMAN — Snow started falling Thursday in parts of Oklahoma as residents worked to keep warm in frigid temperatures.
National Weather Service forecaster Daryl Williams said that although snow and freezing precipitation will be seen during the day Thursday, the brunt of the storm is expected overnight and into Friday.
"The most substantial amounts will be later tonight, through the overnight hours and through tomorrow," he said.
Williams said chilly temperatures will be a concern. In the Oklahoma City area, temperatures are not expected to reach above freezing until Tuesday. The last time the area experienced a similar cold snap was in 1996, Williams said.
In Norman, the University of Oklahoma and County Courthouse have already closed for the day. The Norman Library will close at 4p.m. The Transcript will continue to post closings and cancellations to its website, Facebook page and its text alerts as it receives them. You can receive text alerts by signing up at http://tntne.ws/wxalert
The frigid temperatures led Oklahoma State University to shut down a makeshift tent community that students had set up ahead of Saturday's Bedlam rivalry football game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, according to the Tulsa World.
Debbie McCarthy, coordinator of special events for OSU Athletics, told the newspaper that the camp was shut down Wednesday because officials were concerned that propane heaters being used in tents could cause carbon monoxide poisoning or start a fire.
Some cities had already canceled holiday events ahead of the storm, and schools across the state also called off classes.
Edmond resident Lori Billy, 40, said she was hoping her two kids, ages 8 and 11, would have a snow day on Friday. If so, the three would stay inside in their pajamas, watch movies and finish decorating the Christmas tree, she said.
Jesse Walton, who has lived in Oklahoma all his life, was bracing Thursday for up to 4 inches of snow, plus ice. The Guthrie resident was out with his daughter Wednesday stocking up on the usual food supplies, such as bread, soup and water. He described the shopping scene from the previous night that looked like "Black Friday, because there was an ocean of people."