Stillwater, OK

Severe Winter Weather Resources For Stillwater, Oklahoma

Rachel Dillin

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Stillwater, Oklahoma, is under a severe weather warning with bitterly cold temperatures and life-threatening wind chills. Meteorologists are still predicting several more inches of snow throughout the afternoon and evening, with a new winter storm coming through Tuesday, February, 16 into Wednesday, February 17.

Snow is falling heavily, and it is expected to continue throughout the afternoon and evening. The weather is expected to remain bitterly cold, and the forecast does not show any high temperatures above freezing until next weekend. That means this snow may stick around for a while.

With such dangerous conditions, the roads are slick and hazardous, and some restaurants in the area have closed. There are several resources to turn to when there is severe weather in the area.

City of Stillwater Emergency Management

City of Stillwater Emergency Management (SEMA) does a great job keeping its Facebook and Twitter pages up to date with the latest weather and road conditions. This morning the page posted a drive throughout town via Facebook live to give motorists an idea of what the roads were like.

SEMA often provides live stream looks at the roads. Additionally, it shares updates from the U.S. National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, that impact the region. Radar images, snow total predictions, and temperatures with wind chills are regularly updated during severe weather events. It also includes storm watches and warnings. Occasionally SEMA offers tips and information on how to survive the various extreme weather events in Stillwater.

City of Stillwater Government

The Facebook page of the City of Stillwater Government also shares information about how the city will deal with the winter storm. It provides links to the emergency routes, which are the roads and streets that plows and sand trucks treat first during snowy and icy weather.

Reminders for residents include that trash services may be delayed if the weather is bad and residential roads are not cleared. Depending on the amount of snow, people may not be able to leave their houses for a few days.

To check for road conditions, call the city hotline at 405.533.8533. There is also an updated winter weather page on the City's website.

Shelters

The Mission of Hope entered Emergency Weather Status for this storm. That means some of the usual rules for staying have been suspended in order to get people out of the deadly freezing temperatures. The shelter is located at 1804 S. Perkins Road, and its phone number is 405.332.5521. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Food

For those who need food assistance, Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center offers drive-through food boxes every Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every third Saturday of the month, the drive-through is available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Outside of those times, the food pantry has emergency food sacks any time staff is on-site. Call 405.533.2555 for more information.

Precautions

Officials have asked people who can stay home, stay home. If you must go out, dress in layers, and wear gloves, coats, and other protective clothing. At these temperatures, exposed skin can get frostbite quickly.

If you must drive, travel with a blanket, food, and water in the vehicle. Be prepared for a potentially long wait if you run into car trouble or have an accident. Check the road conditions before you leave, and be sure to follow the emergency routes because the city will have those treated and cleared first.

At home, keep faucets with a thin stream and cabinet doors open to prevent your pipes from freezing. Outdoors, de-ice with salt your walkways to protect against slipping and falling. Stay indoors as much as you possibly can.

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