120 David L. Boren Blvd. Suite 2400
Norman, OK 73072
• A mix of wintry precipitation is expected to continue today across N NM, the TX/OK Panhandles and into W OK; will likely continue through Sunday morning
• Freezing rain expected to develop further southward tonight/Saturday morning and possibly again Saturday night/Sunday morning into west/SW TX
• Significant travel impacts from west of I-35 in OK into NM and spreading southward into the Permian Basin of TX by Saturday morning
• Widespread power outages likely from western OK into the TX Rolling Plains and southern TX Panhandle
• Heavy rain over eastern OK, much of AR, N/NE-SW TX expected through Sunday morning with flash flooding possible over these areas
November 26, 2015 –
Public Service Company of Oklahoma has begun preparations for responding to a potential ice storm in western Oklahoma, which could cause electric service disruptions.
Details of our storm response follow:
The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for many western counties in Oklahoma where there is a high probability of freezing rain and heavy ice accumulation on trees, power lines and utility poles. Locally, PSO expects the freezing rain to start in the western portions of our service territory around (Friday, November 27) and continue through mid-day . Ice accumulations of ¼” to as much as ¾” are possible in the warned areas. Wind speeds forecast at 15 mph to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph could also cause problems with ice-laden trees, power lines and poles.
OUTAGES AND RESTORATION
PSO customers in the warned counties should prepare now for the possibility of power outages and are urged to take necessary steps to ensure their health and safety if the power does go out.
If outages occur, PSO will work efficiently as possible to restore power as soon as possible.
PSO has been monitoring the developing winter storm system for several days and securing additional crews and equipment to help with power restoration if that becomes necessary.
With the winter storm bearing down on western Oklahoma, PSO is assembling an initial storm-response force of 255 workers now, with at least another 200 workers due to arrive into .