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December 7, 2013

Authorities expect snow to linger until Monday

CHICKASHA —

Grady County residents woke up to a world covered in snow Friday morning, and Chickasha Police Major Elip Moore said he expects the white fluff to hang around for awhile. 

"It's going to be cold all weekend, so we expect what's on the ground to stay," he said. "If we get some direct sunlight it will melt a bit." 

Hazardous road conditions plagued drivers on Thursday and Friday resulting in more than 45 accidents along the turnpike south of Oklahoma City. 

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Communications Supervisor Kami Hamman said I-44 was covered in ice and snow as of noon yesterday. 

"We are discouraging all travel," she said. "We don't think this will be removed through the weekend." 

With Saturday and Sunday highs rising only into the upper 20s, Moore concurred roads will be rough until early next week. 

"Street crews are on the streets right now, but I encourage people who don't need to get out to stay in," he said. 

Typically the day after a major snow storm sees some thawing, according to Moore, but Friday morning the major said there seemed to be none. 

"Normally we see some dripping going on the day after snow, but there doesn't seem to be any," he said.

Sunshine did start melting some of the accumulation around 1 p.m. Friday, but cold temperatures are expected to keep the roads dangerous.

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