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    Posted December 21, 2013 by
    sarahkat1013
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    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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    Wintry weather 2014

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    Ice storm brings Oklahoma to a slippery stop

     
    Roads began to get bad at 7pm CDT Friday evening with a 15 car pile up on Interstate 40 and a 5 car accident on the historic Route 66.

    I left my grandfather's house where I surprised him by putting up his Christmas tree, to head back to my parents house for the night. The bridge between Oklahoma City and Yukon on Route 66, where my grandmother was killed 26 years ago after an ice storm, was shut down. There had been a 5 car accident where another fatality had occurred.

    Police had the main bridge shut down and were rerouting traffic to the smaller two lane bridge to the south. As we drove over I realized I was going too fast and the people in front of me were slowing down. I tapped my brakes and felt my car begin to slip. The bridge was a solid sheet of ice.

    Once off the bridge things were fine and I made it back to my folks house. We don't plan to leave the house today, except to take these photos. As I stood on the icy grass I could feel myself barely sinking in. We're lucky we don't have the problems with power that most people do in the city. Their housing development is newer and the power lines are buried rather than on polls extended above the ground.

    It's cold.

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