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The OKC Blizzard of 2009

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Well, the weather certainly brought a surprise for Oklahoma City on Christmas Eve! I woke up early to go visit my grandparents, and what did I find? Blowing, swirling snow. It wasn’t sticking, however, and I thought it would be no problem to drive in. While visibility was certainly bad at times, I left early enough that it wasn’t horrible. After spending several good hours with family, I was ready to head back home and attend another Christmas Eve function.

I started home around 1:00 in the afternoon, figuring I’d need at least an hour and a half to make what is usually a 45-minute drive because visibility was getting worse. I had no idea how worse until I realized all I could see in front of me was white—I couldn’t see the road, the trees, anything. Cars in the other lane just suddenly appeared when they were about even with my vehicle. Yikes!

I finally made it onto I-40, the major East/West interstate for Oklahoma. I thought things would be better, and for the most part, they were. Then I reached a point slightly past the city of El Reno. Traffic wasn’t moving. At all. I sat there for about 30 minutes and realized my gas tank was creeping towards E. Uh oh. About this time, several of the cars in front of me took off across the median using one of the access roads reserved for emergency vehicles to use. Despite the very large “NO U-TURN” sign, four or five cars did it, anyway. They made it to the west-bound lane, where traffic was moving along at a steady pace. Well, I thought, if they can do it, I can, too.

Turns out, I turned a little too early and got my car stuck in the snow. After several calls to the highway patrol, 911, and my roadside assistance, I learned that my only real option was to wait for the bus that was driving along picking up stranded motorists. Great. So over the next four hours, I did my best to conserve gas while staying warm. Finally, a highway patrolman stopped by and offered me a ride into El Reno. He dropped me at a gas station, and my family was able to come pick me up. The next day (Christmas), we were able to pull my car back about ten feet and get it unstuck—yes, all it needed was a very short tow.

Where you in Oklahoma during the blizzard? If so, what were your experiences? I hope they weren’t as bad as mine! I’ve never seen white-outs so bad before. It was like the entire world had been erased, and it was very scary to try driving in that. After all of the craziness, I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is looking forward to the New Year!

Blogs about the weather:

The Bad Eagle Journal mentions the blizzard and has a picture.

The Four Weather Studs and a Babe have a report on the blizzard.

More information from Signs of the Times.

The Harline’s also have a few pictures of the blizzard on their blog.

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