Winter Blast Hits Oklahoma, Causes Arkansas Power Outages

by Chuck Bartels  on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 11:28 am  

"Some of them, it took the entire top of the car off, like they slid under a semi," Randolph said.

In Faulkner County, Cloe and Anastasia Meredith of Pangburn died when the car they were in slid across the center line on Arkansas 36, state police said.

Amanda Sue Goodman died in a crash in Major County, Okla. The OHP report said the two-lane road was snowy about 10 a.m. The SUV Goodman was riding in collided with a tractor-trailer. Another adult and a 4-year-old child in the SUV were ejected from the vehicle and had head, arm and internal injuries.

The snow had largely stopped in Oklahoma by late afternoon, and highway officials said early Tuesday evening that roads in Oklahoma City were clear, though motorists should still be wary of slick spots. But the Oklahoma Department of Transportation advised people to stay off the roads, some of which were slick and had snow drifts.

The state's snowfall totals were modest in most of Oklahoma — from a tenth of an inch to 2 inches, according to Daryl Williams, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Norman.

"The wind is blowing around so hard that it's going to be hard to get any accurate readings for snowfall totals," Williams said. Strong winds were forecast overnight, creating blizzard-like conditions with blowing snow and wind chills falling into the single digits, particularly in south-central and southwest Oklahoma, he said.

As the system reached Arkansas, rain fell and temperatures dropped, making for hazardous driving conditions in the western part of the state, especially from Fayetteville southeast.

The weather service reported late Tuesday that a foot of snow had fallen in the southwestern Arkansas town of Vandervoort.

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