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Widespread Power Outages in Oklahoma Following Ice Storm

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An ice storm left thousands in Oklahoma without power on Saturday as a long duration ice event left much of the state’s major roadways impassible.

As of Saturday evening, nearly 90,000 customers, many of which were in or around Oklahoma City, were without power in the state of Oklahoma, the area hardest hit by the storm. Interstate-40, the primary east-west thoroughfare through the state, was closed west of Oklahoma City for much of the day on Saturday due to downed power lines, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Twitter page. Several other roadways were closed or slowed due to the slick freezing rain and sleet combination.

Up to half an inch of ice fell between Friday and Saturday across the Texas panhandle into Oklahoma, with more expected Saturday night and through early Sunday. The worst of the freezing rain and sleet, however, appears to be over as the area of low pressure responsible for the wintry weather started to push further east during the day on Saturday and is expected to slowly move further away Sunday and Monday. Only light additional accumulations are expected, although those could be enough to hamper already hard-hit areas.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this developing story.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: @MeredithFox25 via Fox 25 Oklahoma

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