OGE prepares crews for possible power outages

Winter weather advisory issued

Wintry weather moves in for New Year's Day.

With a winter weather advisory in effect for New Year’s Eve tonight for the western part of the state, including Canadian County, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. crews are preparing for possible power outages.

OG&E has activated its Incident Command System to monitor weather and prepare for any potential impacts on its system, an OG&E news release states.

Although the intensity of this storm remains uncertain, current models indicate that if there is any impact, it would be significantly less than October’s ice storm, OG&E reported.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for 6 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday. The area could see up to 4 inches of snow and less than an inch of ice. Yukon , El Reno, Mustang, Okarche and Kingfisher County are under the advisory.

In preparation, OG&E crews are mobilizing, and expect to have more than 2,000 linemen, tree trimmers and support team members ready by Thursday evening.

People are urged to stay weather-aware and have emergency preparations in place for possible power outages, OG&E reports.

Traveling could be difficult New Year’s Eve, especially in the western half of the state, the weather service reported.

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