Delaware county residents - especially those in Grove and the northern part of the county - may wake up to freezing rain on Friday morning, but it is not expected to last into the day.
Pete Snyder, meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Tulsa, said area residents may see freezing rain after midnight on Friday, Jan. 13, into the early hours of Friday.
However, Snyder said, because Grove and Delaware county is right on the line, weather wise, temps are not expected to fall below 32 degrees.
Snyder said by noon, residents should anticipate a warm up to a high of 39 to 40 degrees.
He said any accumulation of ice during the early morning hours of Friday should melt "pretty rapidly" with most occurring on elevated items such as bridges, overpasses, trees and power lines.
"It's got to get pretty cold, in the 20s, to see ice accumulate on the roadways," Snyder said.
Showers, and at times heavy rains, are expected to continue into Sunday. Snyder said with temps staying in upper 30s, the expected precipitation will be cold, but not bring an ice accumulation.
Flash flooding could be possible, through Sunday evening, if heavy rains cover the area.
Snyder said areas to the west and north of Grove, including Bartlesville, Washington (Oklahoma), Osage and Creek counties may see some accumulation of ice.
Officials with the Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (REC) urges its members to make preparations for the approaching winter weather.
As with any winter weather event, REC General Manager Anthony Due said, in a written release, cooperative's members can be assured that service crews will be mobilized to begin the outage restoration process immediately.
This restoration takes place through a disaster recovery plan, which includes assessment of any damage, than repairs as needed.
“We want our members to prepare for interruptions of their electric service,” Due said. “Without an alternative power supply, remaining in the home during sub-freezing temperatures can be dangerous. We want to stress the importance of having somewhere safe and warm to stay in case power is lost.”
Due said those utilizing portable generators about safe should remember that generators are used outside of the home so deadly carbon monoxide fumes can be safely vented.
People also need to be aware that all downed power lines should be treated as energized and reported immediately.
REC members may call 1-800-256-6405 to report an outage or downed lines. If outages take place, service restoration progress may be tracked at www.neelectric.com or www.facebook.com/neokrec.
Officials with the Grand River Dam Authority are also reminding those living around Grand Lake to not only be aware of downed power lines, but also water which may be around the lines.
Justin Alberty, spokesperson for GRDA, said people need to remember several tips related to power lines including:
• remembering a power line does not need to be sparking or arcing to be energized, even if it is sagging close to the ground.
• not to drive over downed power lines.
• if a car comes in contact with a downed power line, remember to stay inside the car. Honk your horn for help, but direct others to stay away from your car.
• not to touch a person who is in contact with a downed power line. Call 911 immediately.
• not to attempt to move a downed power line with another object. Even non-conductive materials like wood or cloth that are slightly wet can conduct electricity.
Officials with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority offers these tips when driving during inclement weather.
• Check road and weather conditions and plan the route before heading out on the highway.
• Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can begin plowing or spreading materials without notice.
• Allow extra space between vehicles so there is an adequate amount of distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.
• Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.
• Be patient and allow extra time to reach destinations.
Additionally, drivers are encouraged to have a "winter weather emergency kit" in their vehicle which includes water, blankets, jumper cables, flashlights and extra batteries.
Road conditions may be checked by calling the turnpike hotline at 1-877-403-7623 or visit pikepass.com. Additionally road conditions are tracked online by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation at http://bit.ly/okroadconditions.