Rare fall storm ices over city

Power outages everywhere, closures throughout city, schools move to virtual learning option

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A pickup travels west on State Highway 66, Main Street in Yukon, as heavy tree limbs covered in ice fell onto power lines. (Photo by Robert Medley)

From Staff Reports

An ice storm warning was issued on Monday, and freezing weather lasted through Wednesday, knocked out power, downed tree limbs and shut down buildings across Yukon and Canadian County.

Trees heavy with ice fell and power lines also went down. There were 545 power outages in Yukon Tuesday, 150 outages in Piedmont, 1,523 in Bethany, 77,051 across Oklahoma City, 1,092 in Mustang, and 1,565 outages in El Reno, reported Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. Crews worked through the day to restore power.

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

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

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

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 were canceled Monday and Tuesday in Yukon. The district website asks those in the district to check on school closure news as weather situations develop.

Periods of significant icing lasted through Wednesday with accumulations of up to a half of an inch, the weather service reports. Travel is discouraged.

Sunshine will return by the afternoon Thursday and on 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 the storm that pounded the area with ice, rain, sleet, and wind, coupled with temperatures that plunged below 32 degrees.

Trees still had most of their leaves in late October. So, adding ice to their weight made the branches extremely heavy.

Monday afternoon, 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.

Carol Mowdy Bond contributed to this report.