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Winter weather expected, preparations underway

Residents are encouraged to stay alert to the potential for winter weather this weekend. At this time the National Weather Service reports the system that will be affecting the Norman area appears to be slowing down and losing intensity from previous predictions. It is believed the city will receive some accumulation of ice Friday evening and in the overnight hours with snow expected on Saturday.

While there is no anticipated impact to travel during the day on Friday, residents are encouraged to use caution and be aware of the potential for changing road conditions. City crews are on standby to begin road clearing operations as soon as there is any winter precipitation starting with bridges and primary routes. Additionally, the Norman Fire Department is coordinating with the Red Cross and local volunteer groups in the event of severe weather.
The City recommends residents have an emergency preparedness plan and follow these tips for winter weather safety:
Dress warmly and stay dry.
Have extra supplies on hand, such as food, water, and blankets.
Check fluids on emergency generators – do not use generators in the house.
Be willing to help a neighbor and check on the elderly and pets.
Before heading out on the roadways, check local media and other resources to determine current road conditions and any travel advisories.
Clear all windows of snow or ice before driving.
Never leave your vehicle unlocked and unattended while warming up.
Fill up your gas tank before the weather arrives. Stock your vehicle with a blanket, gloves, food, water, and an ice scraper in case of an emergency. It is also important to ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
When driving on ice or snow-covered roadways, slow down. Accelerating, stopping and turning will take longer. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and always buckle up. Increase your following distance and ensure your headlights are on at all times.
If you become stranded or are involved in an incident, contact NPD at 911 or 405-321-1444.
To see a map of the City’s primary and secondary snow routes visit http://www.normanok.gov/content/street-maintenance. 

Residents are encouraged to stay alert to the potential for winter weather this weekend. At this time the National Weather Service reports the system that will be affecting the Norman area appears to be slowing down and losing intensity from previous predictions. It is believed the city will receive some accumulation of ice Friday evening and in the overnight hours with snow expected on Saturday.

While there is no anticipated impact to travel during the day on Friday, residents are encouraged to use caution and be aware of the potential for changing road conditions. City crews are on standby to begin road clearing operations as soon as there is any winter precipitation starting with bridges and primary routes. Additionally, the Norman Fire Department is coordinating with the Red Cross and local volunteer groups in the event of severe weather.

The City recommends residents have an emergency preparedness plan and follow these tips for winter weather safety:


  • Dress warmly and stay dry.
  • Have extra supplies on hand, such as food, water, and blankets.
  • Check fluids on emergency generators – do not use generators in the house.
  • Be willing to help a neighbor and check on the elderly and pets.
  • Before heading out on the roadways, check local media and other resources to determine current road conditions and any travel advisories.
  • Clear all windows of snow or ice before driving.
  • Never leave your vehicle unlocked and unattended while warming up.
  • Fill up your gas tank before the weather arrives. Stock your vehicle with a blanket, gloves, food, water, and an ice scraper in case of an emergency. It is also important to ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • When driving on ice or snow-covered roadways, slow down. Accelerating, stopping and turning will take longer. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and always buckle up. Increase your following distance and ensure your headlights are on at all times.
  • If you become stranded or are involved in an incident, contact NPD at 911 or 405-321-1444.


To see a map of the City’s primary and secondary snow routes visit http://www.normanok.gov/content/street-maintenance.