FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It’s late October and some areas in the United States have already
seen a healthy dose of snow and ice.
That’s certainly the case for central Oklahoma which is dealing with a major ice storm.
A potent winter storm system set up across the southern Plains Monday which resulted in a blast of frozen precipitation.
— Hristo Chipilski (@hristochipilski) October 27, 2020
The second wave of ice will occur through Tuesday before finally easing up Wednesday.
An ice storm warning remains in effect for central Oklahoma until 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, reports of ice accumulations of .4” to .75" have been reported around Oklahoma City Tuesday morning.
— Jed Castles News 9 (@JedCastles) October 27, 2020
Unfortunately meteorologists are forecasting an additional .50 inches to possibly 1.5 inches of ice by Wednesday morning.
The ice is crippling.
This is one of the worst ice storms I've ever witnessed! Trees are absolutely destroyed across parts of Oklahoma City with power out to over 50% of households. I can hear trees snapping for miles in either direction. #okwx #icestorm pic.twitter.com/iCVbqgojRc
— Stephen Jones (@Tornado_Steejo) October 27, 2020
Roadways are skating rinks and trees are crumbling under the weight of ice.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, power is out to more than 270,000 residents and the number is expected to climb.
Tree damage is the primary cause of outages on our system right now, as ice on foliage weighs down tree branches. We have more than 1,000 line and tree crew members working to clear tree limbs and repair damaged lines. Photos from the Paseo district in OKC. pic.twitter.com/vtusX3NYb7
— OG&E (@OGandE) October 27, 2020
According to OG&E, an electric company in Oklahoma City, the ice on foliage is weighing down the tree branches which is leading to downed or damaged lines.
The company has more than 1,000 line and tree crew members working to clear tree limbs and repair damaged lines.
— Basehunters Chasing (@Basehunters) October 27, 2020
Warmer air is on the way for the southern Plains Wednesday afternoon which will help to transition the ice to a cold rain.
According to the NWS in Norman, this is the earliest ice storm warning the office has ever issued.
Leave it to 2020.