Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Blizzard
State OKLAHOMA
County/Area MCCLAIN
WFO OUN
Report Source NWS Employee
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-12-24 08:30:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-12-24 20:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A powerful winter storm developed over parts of the Southern Plains, resulting in one of the most widespread and damaging blizzards to affect Oklahoma in decades. Blizzard conditions affected the vast majority of northern, central, and southwest Oklahoma for at least 5 to 7 hours. A surface low pressure center intensified rapidly over northern Texas, leading to severe, blustery winds during the morning and afternoon hours. Rain began falling during the early morning hours over southwest Oklahoma and progressed northeast. The rain quickly changed to sleet and freezing rain, and then to all snow as temperatures fell into the 20s. By late morning over southwest Oklahoma and the early afternoon over the rest of Oklahoma, winds were sustained around 40 mph, with frequent wind gust of 50 to 60+ mph. Snowfall rates approached two inches per hour at times for some locations, and the visibilities were frequently less than 100 feet. Numerous accidents were reported, especially given the high volume of traffic the day before Christmas. A large 50+ car accident was reported near Midwest City, that resulted in several injuries. Most area roadways were shut down for the day into Christmas morning, which included all interstates in and around the Oklahoma City metro area, and almost of all of Interstate 44. Thousands of people were stranded in their cars for several hours, and many abandoned their vehicles, littering the roads and highways. This made snow removal more difficult, and roads were slow to reopen. The strong winds, combined with the below freezing temperatures, allowed for wind chill temperatures to drop to near zero. This made it even more dangerous for people that were abandoning their vehicles. By sunset, the snowfall had accumulated five to seven inches over much of southwest into central Oklahoma, with a maximum of eight to ten plus inches over central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area, and over south-central Oklahoma. Total damage from the blizzard have exceeded $18 million across Oklahoma. Unfortunately, nine people lost their lives, either in weather-related traffic accidents, or being struck by cars while assisting stranded motorists.
Event Narrative Up to eight inches of snowfall was reported throughout the county, including 8 inches in Blanchard. Frequent wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph caused considerable blowing and drifting snow, and greatly reducing visibilities.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 2.100M 0.00K
WOODWARD (ZONE) WOODWARD (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 02:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROGER MILLS (ZONE) ROGER MILLS (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 02:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELLIS (ZONE) ELLIS (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 02:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARVIN (ZONE) GARVIN (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 04:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 2.100M 0.00K
PONTOTOC (ZONE) PONTOTOC (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 04:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIOWA (ZONE) KIOWA (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAJOR (ZONE) MAJOR (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DEWEY (ZONE) DEWEY (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEPHENS (ZONE) STEPHENS (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRADY (ZONE) GRADY (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BECKHAM (ZONE) BECKHAM (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ALFALFA (ZONE) ALFALFA (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COMANCHE (ZONE) COMANCHE (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARTER (ZONE) CARTER (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREER (ZONE) GREER (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARMON (ZONE) HARMON (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JACKSON (ZONE) JACKSON (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CADDO (ZONE) CADDO (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARSHALL (ZONE) MARSHALL (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MURRAY (ZONE) MURRAY (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JOHNSTON (ZONE) JOHNSTON (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON (ZONE) JEFFERSON (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOVE (ZONE) LOVE (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 05:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLAINE (ZONE) BLAINE (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CUSTER (ZONE) CUSTER (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHITA (ZONE) WASHITA (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CANADIAN (ZONE) CANADIAN (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 07:30 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KINGFISHER (ZONE) KINGFISHER (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTON (ZONE) COTTON (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TILLMAN (ZONE) TILLMAN (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POTTAWATOMIE (ZONE) POTTAWATOMIE (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAYNE (ZONE) PAYNE (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SEMINOLE (ZONE) SEMINOLE (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:30 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCCLAIN (ZONE) MCCLAIN (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:30 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLEVELAND (ZONE) CLEVELAND (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 08:30 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LINCOLN (ZONE) LINCOLN (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NOBLE (ZONE) NOBLE (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 10:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARFIELD (ZONE) GARFIELD (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 11:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KAY (ZONE) KAY (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) OK 12/24/2009 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 2.100M 0.00K