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Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State OKLAHOMA
County/Area WASHITA
WFO OUN
Report Source Emergency Manager
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2010-01-28 06:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2010-01-29 06:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A major winter storm impacted much of Oklahoma beginning on the morning of January 28th and continued through much of the day. While the storm produced a variety of wintry precipitation, its most significant impacts came with an extended period of heavy freezing rain across southern into parts of central Oklahoma. Significant icing on trees and power lines resulted in widespread damage to trees and power lines. The day before the winter storm was unusually warm for a January day in Oklahoma, with the high temperature at Oklahoma City at 65 degrees, which was 17 degrees above normal. However, that same day, a strong cold front was sweeping south down the Plains. By noon, the cold front had pushed into southern Kansas, bringing gusty north winds and a rapid decrease in temperature. Behind the front, temperatures were falling back into the 30s and 40s, and the freezing line at the surface was very near the Kansas-Nebraska border.
Overnight, and into the morning of January 28th, the cold front pushed through most of Oklahoma and all of western North Texas. The cold front had stalled to the south in northern Texas leaving a shallow cold air mass in place across much of the area to the north of the front, with the cold air gradually deepening towards northern Oklahoma. As an upper level low became better organized in the southwestern United States, it helped draw warm, moist air north from the Gulf of Mexico. This warm air was lifted over the dome of cold air and contributed to the development of widespread precipitation during the morning across much of Oklahoma. The shallow cold air mass north of the front placed a broad swath of southwest Oklahoma and central Oklahoma under-the-gun for a major icing event. During the afternoon, the precipitation increased in intensity, particularly over southwest Oklahoma, which then moved into parts of central Oklahoma. A pocket of drier air in the middle of the atmosphere quickly swept in behind the precipitation and started clearing it out of Oklahoma by late afternoon. At the same time, enough cooling was starting to occur in the warm layer of air aloft to change the precipitation over to sleet across parts of the area, including much of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Luckily, northern Oklahoma remained cold enough that snow was the dominant type, which accumulated several inches in some areas. During the evening hours, light snow continued over western and northern Oklahoma, while much of the remainder of the area, except for southeast Oklahoma, saw periodic freezing drizzle.
Overnight, and into the morning of the 29th, a surface low pressure developed over southeast Texas and began to move northeast towards western Louisiana. Behind this low, more widespread precipitation began to redevelop over west Texas. The area of precipitation pivoted through much of Oklahoma during the daytime hours in the form of snow. Localized heavier bands of snow produced reduced visibilities and substantial accumulations. One notable band set up from southeast Cleveland County, through northern Pottawatomie County, and into southwest Lincoln County. The large storm system finally moved east of the region by late evening on the 29th.
In total, the large storm system resulted in over 900 slip-and-fall accidents. Almost 90 accidents were reported, with over 200 non-life threatening injuries with the accidents. Almost 180,000 homes and business' were without power at the peak of the storm, several of which (mainly in SW Oklahoma) were without power for almost a week. The monetary value for the damage may not be known for a while, but estimates are well into the millions of dollars.
Event Narrative Up to a half of an inch of glaze accumulated on most elevated surfaces before changing to sleet and snow during the early afternoon hours. Slightly higher amounts near 3/4 were realized near the Washita/Kiowa county border. Some tree and power pole/line damage was reported as a result of the glaze accumulation, especially over the southern portion of the county. Sleet totals averaged two to three inches by sunrise.


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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 14.600M 0.00K
GARVIN (ZONE) GARVIN (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JOHNSTON (ZONE) JOHNSTON (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HUGHES (ZONE) HUGHES (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 8.000M 0.00K
COAL (ZONE) COAL (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STEPHENS (ZONE) STEPHENS (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 2.600M 0.00K
ROGER MILLS (ZONE) ROGER MILLS (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREER (ZONE) GREER (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TILLMAN (ZONE) TILLMAN (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JACKSON (ZONE) JACKSON (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 4.000M 0.00K
HARMON (ZONE) HARMON (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTON (ZONE) COTTON (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARTER (ZONE) CARTER (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BECKHAM (ZONE) BECKHAM (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MURRAY (ZONE) MURRAY (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PONTOTOC (ZONE) PONTOTOC (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 04:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIOWA (ZONE) KIOWA (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 05:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COMANCHE (ZONE) COMANCHE (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 05:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CADDO (ZONE) CADDO (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 05:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRADY (ZONE) GRADY (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 05:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCCLAIN (ZONE) MCCLAIN (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 05:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CANADIAN (ZONE) CANADIAN (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 06:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CUSTER (ZONE) CUSTER (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 06:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLEVELAND (ZONE) CLEVELAND (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 06:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHITA (ZONE) WASHITA (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 06:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POTTAWATOMIE (ZONE) POTTAWATOMIE (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 07:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DEWEY (ZONE) DEWEY (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 07:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ELLIS (ZONE) ELLIS (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 07:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLAINE (ZONE) BLAINE (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 07:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SEMINOLE (ZONE) SEMINOLE (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 07:00 CST-6 Ice Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 07:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KINGFISHER (ZONE) KINGFISHER (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 08:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LINCOLN (ZONE) LINCOLN (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 08:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WOODS (ZONE) WOODS (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 09:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WOODWARD (ZONE) WOODWARD (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 09:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 09:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ALFALFA (ZONE) ALFALFA (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 09:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAJOR (ZONE) MAJOR (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 09:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARPER (ZONE) HARPER (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 09:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARFIELD (ZONE) GARFIELD (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 10:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KAY (ZONE) KAY (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 10:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 10:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NOBLE (ZONE) NOBLE (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 10:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAYNE (ZONE) PAYNE (ZONE) OK 01/28/2010 11:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KINGFISHER (ZONE) KINGFISHER (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NOBLE (ZONE) NOBLE (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HUGHES (ZONE) HUGHES (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KAY (ZONE) KAY (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARFIELD (ZONE) GARFIELD (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CANADIAN (ZONE) CANADIAN (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLEVELAND (ZONE) CLEVELAND (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRANT (ZONE) GRANT (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SEMINOLE (ZONE) SEMINOLE (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POTTAWATOMIE (ZONE) POTTAWATOMIE (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LINCOLN (ZONE) LINCOLN (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PAYNE (ZONE) PAYNE (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MCCLAIN (ZONE) MCCLAIN (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PONTOTOC (ZONE) PONTOTOC (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARVIN (ZONE) GARVIN (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JOHNSTON (ZONE) JOHNSTON (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OKLAHOMA (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRADY (ZONE) GRADY (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MURRAY (ZONE) MURRAY (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Heavy Snow 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COAL (ZONE) COAL (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CARTER (ZONE) CARTER (ZONE) OK 01/29/2010 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 14.600M 0.00K