A few motorists brave the brutal conditions early Sunday on Broadway Ave., in Sulphur, as a record-setting cold wave, bitter wind chills and about four to six inches of snow hit the area. On Monday, President’s Day, few people ventured out as schools and many businesses were closed. The temperature in Sulphur hit a record-setting -14 degrees early Tuesday with a wind chill of about -25 degrees throughout the morning, making outside work dangerous. In photo at right, in inset, deer seem oblivious to the snow and cold temperatures as they wander across the road near the West 12th Street entrance to the Park.
Record Cold Temps, Snow, Rolling Blackouts Hit Area
The coldest air in Murray County’s history plunged in over the weekend and topped it off with blowing and drifting snow Sunday and there is more winter misery on the way, forecasters warned.
The Oklahoma Mesonet Station, north of Sulphur, recorded a -14 degree temperature early Tuesday, shattering by six degrees the alltime low for that station since it opened in 1994.
Amid all that, the Southwest Power Pool, which manages the electric grid across 17 central and western states, declared a Energy Emergency Alert Level 3 on Monday and indicated in reports to the media that it “directed its member utilities to be prepared to implement controlled interruptions of service if necessary.”
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