Ice impacted portions of the Southern Plains today, with icing reported from south-central Oklahoma all the way through NW OK and into SW Kansas. The Oklahoma ice storm is in the process of living up to its billing in portions of northwest and western Oklahoma. On the other hand, portions of Central Oklahoma were rather hit (and mostly) miss with ice totals from this system.

The Oklahoma Ice Storm That Was (And Wasn’t)

We talked leading up to the event how the I-44 corridor was going to see a lot of variability in terms of ice totals. As it turns out, that seems to be exactly what happened sort of.

OKC was initially in a forecast area of about .1″-.25″ according to initial forecasts. However, morning model data yesterday along with afternoon data really began to paint a more serious picture. It seemed that totals of up to .5″ and even more were possible with heavy rain Friday night.

Consequently, the NWS in Norman issued an ice storm warning. Precip totals weren’t that impressive during the duration of the ice storm event. However, precip totals have actually been greater after the ice storm warning expired around the OKC area.

Go figure right?

Even still, I was able to test out a variety of roads and scenes across Central Oklahoma. The worst icing occured just north and west of OKC near Okarche and Kingfisher. Totals were in the .1″-.2″ range. Because of the ice roads were passable but very slick in this region.

After the morning precip round ended, I went on a small tour around the El Reno area for some pics of the ice which had stuck onto just about everything.

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Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Frozen landscapes are some of the coolest things to photograph. Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Barbed wire is always a great ice photo subject. Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Fencing covered in a sheet of ice. Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Ice Accumulations from the Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.

Oklahoma Ice Storm on January 14, 2017.