NORMAN — As residents of Cleveland County woke up to a blanket of snow Sunday, the National Weather Service in Norman said colder temperatures and more snow is still expected.
The area received around 3 to 3.5 inches this weekend, said NWS meteorologist Wayne Ruff. The sun is expected to peek out on Monday through some high clouds, but on Tuesday it will be turning colder, he said.
There is a small chance of snow on Tuesday, but it “doesn’t look like any big thing for us,” Ruff said. However, Tuesday afternoon is expected to be cold and windy.
Wednesday and Thursday there will be very low wind chills.
“Wednesday morning it will be really, really cold,” he said. “We’re looking at upper teens to 20 (degrees) and the wind chill will be quite low.”
There will also be a greater chance of snow again either Friday or Saturday, he said.
Norman Police Department has already put Operation Slick Streets in effect for some time on Sunday, which means they were not responding to all calls for service, such as minor fender bender accidents.
“Basically what we do is when they call in we tell them we’re not responding due to the road conditions,” said Lt. Gary Shelton, supervising officer Sunday. “They are walked through the process of how to report their accident.”
Motorists should exchange information with the other driver and either go to the Department of Public Safety website to complete a form reporting the accident or pick up a form at the police station to fill out at a later time, Shelton said.
“We’ve had five total (accidents) since pretty early on in the morning (Sunday) when all this hit,” he said.
Three of the accidents were non-injury and two were injury accidents, but there were only minor injuries including a few “bumps and bruises,” he said. When Operation Slick Streets was put in effect, the department had about 12 calls reporting accidents as of Sunday afternoon.
However, Shelton said the numbers seem to be going down due to the fact the roads are getting better.
“Road crews are doing an excellent job,” he said.
Police still advise those who do not have to leave home to stay off the roadways. Those who are on the roadways should drive slow and make sure to leave enough room between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them with enough time to get stopped, he said.
Cleveland County Commissioner Darry Stacy also advised residents to stay off the roadways if possible.
“Obviously it’s very treacherous out there,” Stacy said. “If people do have to go out I would encourage them to take safety precautions.”
The commissioner said everyone out in the weather should wear warm clothes, boots and take extra clothes or something that can keep them warm in case they get stuck.
Stacy said they have both their graders and sanders out and monitored the weather all night Saturday night. Their strategy is to hit the slick spots until they get a break in the snow to clear it and will be doing the same thing throughout the week.
“We have both our graders and our sanders out and we will be continuously running them,” he said.
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