More ice expected Tuesday in Canadian County

Travel discouraged in freezing mix

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Ice broke tree limbs and branches Monday in Surrey Hills. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

An ice storm warning was issued on Monday, and wintry weather knocked out power to homes and schools, downed tree limbs across Yukon and Canadian County.

More ice is possible through Wednesday, the National Weather Service reports.

Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt said firefighters responded to more than 30 calls about downed power lines.

Police Maj. Matt Fairchild said streets were slick Tuesday.

“We encourage people to stay home,” Fairchild said.

Trees heavy with ice have fallen and power lines have also gone down. There were 541 power outages in Yukon Tuesday morning, 150 outages in Piedmont, 54,167 across Oklahoma City, 1,591 in Mustang, and 1,545 outages in El Reno, reports Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.

Yukon Public Schools had a virtual day of learning for all grades Tuesday, according to a post from the district.

Piedmont Public Schools also resorted to virtual learning Tuesday. A snow day was called in Okarche.

Yukon’s Redstone Intermediate and Surrey Hills Elementary lost power Monday morning as freezing rain coated elevated surfaces, tree limbs and power lines across Canadian County.

Parents were urged to pick up their students early, according to a post on social media from the Yukon Schools district.

All after school activities, practices and events are canceled Monday in Yukon. The district website asks those in the district to check on school closure news as weather situations develop.

In Piedmont, Stone Ridge Elementary and Piedmont Early Childhood Center both lost power.

Periods of significant icing will last through Wednesday with accumulations of up to a half of an inch, the weather service reports.

Sunshine will return by the afternoon Thursday and Friday, the weather service reports. Saturday and Sunday temperatures will be in the 60s with sunny skies.

Tree limbs crashed to the ground in the Surrey Hills subdivision Monday due to an early winter storm that pounded the area with ice, rain, some snowflakes, and wind, coupled with temperatures that plunged below 32 degrees.

On Tuesday, freezing rain is possible mixed with sleet before 1 p.m. The high temperature will be 33 degrees in Yukon. More freezing rain and ice accumulation is possible Tuesday night.

Trees across the county still have most of their leaves on them. So, adding ice to their weight made the branches extremely heavy.

 

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As of 3 p.m. Monday, October 26, OG&E reported that 10% of its customers in Canadian County were experiencing power outages. Numbering at about 675, those without power included residents in Surrey Hills and residents spreading into the county, west of Highway 4/Piedmont Road. Yukon Public schools without power included Surrey Hills Elementary, and Redstone Intermediate. As well, Piedmont’s Stone Ridge Elementary, and Early Childhood Center were without power.

Power went out in Surrey Hills prior to noon, and was restored just after 4 p.m. Monday.

Follow The Yukon Progress and yukonprogress.com for weather updates.

 

Carol Mowdy Bond contributed to this report.