Snowfall tops four inches

Hundreds of power outages were restored by OG&E on New Year’s Day

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More than 4 inches of snow fell across parts of Canadian County on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (Photo by Robert Medley)

From Staff Reports

It was a white New Year’s Day across Canadian County with more than 4 inches of snow Friday, Jan. 1.

There were hundreds of power outages in the area, including Yukon, Piedmont, Mustang and El Reno.

A winter storm advisory was issued on New Year’s Eve and wintry weather started during the evening and lasted overnight.

A power line was reported down about 9:55 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, on the John Kilpatrick Turnpike at Britton Road in eastern Canadian County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Traffic on the turnpike was shutdown, with eastbound traffic shut down at Wilshire Boulevard and the westbound traffic shut down at Northwest Expressway.

The turnpike and toll plaza reopened about 11:35 p.m., after about an hour and 40 minutes after the line went down.

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Roadways remained icy and snow-packed on the first day of 2021.

There were more than 100 power outages at one time in Yukon. Mustang had about 330 outages and 90 outrages were reported in Piedmont.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. mobilized extra linemen to respond to power outages.

Outages across western Oklahoma were reported, but not as many as during the Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 ice storm.

Power was restored to customers across the area by 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, OG&E reported.

The storm’s freezing rain, ice, sleet and high winds caused outages for more than 26,000 OG&E customers across the state.

Crews restored power to 85% of customers within 24 hours of outages, according to an OG&E news release.

There were about 2,000 line crews, tree trimmers and support personnel who responded, OG&E reported.