Ottawa County received its first sizeable snowfall of the season Wednesday, Feb. 5 when a storm rolled through the area.
All local schools — including Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Miami — were out for a second day because of the snow and ensuing poor road conditions.
The National Weather Service office in Tulsa estimated that Ottawa County received 2 inches of snow during two periods at various times Wednesday.
That was the norm throughout the northeast portion of the state. However, it was reported that Henryetta picked up 5 inches of snow.
On the plus side, Oklahoma Mesonet forecast temperatures in the 40s Friday and Saturday and in the 50s Sunday — with a 50-50 chance of rain.
Additional closures were the NE Tech-Afton campus as well as Afton, Bluejacket, Commerce, Fairland, Quapaw, Welch and Wyandotte schools.
Several area churches also cancelled their Wednesday night services.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s interactive look at highway conditions — www.okroads.org — indicated that the Will Rogers Turnpike was mostly clear but that other highways in Ottawa County still had had patches of ice.
Due to the freezing temperatures in central and eastern Oklahoma, ODOT crews reported black ice conditions across the state.
Crews continue to treat highways and interstates with salt and sand. Travelers should be alert to slick areas quickly developing, especially on bridges and overpasses.
Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution when traveling.