Storm closes El Reno area schools

By Traci Chapman

Redlands Community College was the first to close its doors Monday as a winter storm hit the county.

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(Photo by Glen Miller)

Redlands Community College was the first of area schools to close Monday. (Photo by Traci Chapman)

Redlands Community College was the first of area schools to close Monday. (Photo by Traci Chapman)

 

Redlands closed for the day, although area school districts remained open. By Tuesday other area schools, including El Reno Public Schools, had told students to stay home for the day.

Snow started in western Canadian County Monday morning, earlier than  the expected noontime arrival forecast by the National Weather Service.

City crews were out Monday, as rain-soaked streets began to see some slush with snowfall continuing throughout the afternoon.

“As for the street department, they have been prepared since this morning for the expected storm,” Assistant City Manager John Dean said Monday. “We will begin preventive measures as are necessary and begin snow removal as soon as the accumulation warrants it.”

By the late afternoon, road crews were scraping slush and ice from the main roads through town.

El Reno Police Chief Ken Brown said regardless of school closings, residents should be watchful of road conditions.

“We are asking our residents to stay off the roadways if at all possible,” Brown said on Monday.

Canadian County was under a winter storm warning, with the National Weather Service in Norman saying accumulation of 3 to 5 inches of snow was possible. The storm reached El Reno, but brought what appeared to be the lower accumulation, although howling winds did accompany the much-needed moisture. By Tuesday morning the sun had returned and the winds had moved out of the area.

Winds were said to have gusted 20 to 30 miles per hour, which hampered visibility.

Western and north central Oklahoma felt the brunt of the storm.

 

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