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December 5, 2013

Predicted winter weather makes way into Norman, metro area

NORMAN — The predicted winter one-two-three punch of sub-freezing temperatures, sleet and snow materialized in Norman shortly after noon Thursday, slowing traffic and forcing a number of school and event closings.

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Moore, Blanchard, Little Axe and Noble Public schools are all closed today due to the winter weather.

OU will provide updates about Monday’s operations on Sunday.

All NPS events scheduled for today have been canceled, as have all Moore Public Schools’ and Noble Public Schools’ activities for today and Saturday. For more information, visit norman.k12.ok.us/index.php?activity-cancellations, mooreschools.

com or nobleps.com.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Kurtz said starting around midnight today, Norman residents can expect snow that won’t start to let up until about 7 or 8 a.m., with some flurries lingering until mid-morning.

Kurtz said the afternoon should remain mostly dry.

Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said Thursday patrol officers began responding to injury accidents only. Motorists involved in non-injury collisions should exchange information and can pick up the appropriate form from the police department later, he said.

From noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, police responded to eight wrecks, including six non-injury and two injury collisions.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials reported an influx of accidents as soon as the bad weather moved in, but they have been able to respond to all calls so far.

“We’ve been busy as all get out. As this stuff started moving in, we’ve had crash after crash,” Lt. Brian Orr said.

Orr said the wrecks have been pretty widespread throughout the metro areas and even the surrounding counties. However, troopers are handling road conditions well and are still responding to both injury and non-injury collisions.

Orr said troopers will continue to respond to non-injury wrecks, unless they get an extremely high volume of them.

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