Record breaking snowfall hits Oklahoma

Yesterday, at least twelve and a half inches of white stuff fell on central and north central Oklahoma. Tulsa got even more snow, but we’re all just glad we don’t live in southeast Oklahoma where they had ice.

The snow was piled up again the gate, so I can't get into the back garden. Here is my cart and the lake behind it.

I’ll take snow any day over ice.

It’s beautiful, but dangerous as many who have decided to drive discovered. Bill and his crews are out plowing in Oklahoma City, and he said yesterday, they could hardly plow for pulling out drivers. He reports that the highways look good, but city streets are a mess.

Snowdrift ot the top of my three rail, split rail fence in the snowstorm of February 3, 2011.

This snow was the type which blew, and we have snowdrifts all the way to the top of the fence. I know the people in the northeastern U.S. are probably laughing at us, but our norm is one to two inches of the fluffy stuff (and in some years, none at all).

At the Red Dirt Ranch though, I am as snug as a bug in a rug with hot tea, banana bread and chili. I’ve gone out several times to get firewood for the fireplace we hardly ever use, but which I’m so grateful for when it’s only 4F. Yes, you read that right. Supposed to get up to 10F today, and 22F tomorrow. I’m afraid my children are going to be home for three days this month.

Snow covers the raised yellow and pink daylily borders. Now, where are those Galanthus elwesii or G. nivalis under all that snow? (Wink!)

We heard from Rick Mitchell, the KOCO TV meteorologist, more snow is predicted for Monday (although only an inch or so). The good news in all this is, the snow will protect the plants in the 4F weather. They need snow as a protective blanket. Yup, I’m holding onto that one as I’m stuck in the house with four bored teenagers. Bear loves snow, but I won’t let her stay outside long. It’s too cold. Your skin can freeze in 20 minutes. I know because the news people keep shrieking it on TV.

The only one who is excited about the weather now would be Tap. I made a slideshow of him just before he nearly knocked me down. In the last slide, it’s difficult to tell, but all four paws are in the air.

Well, Tap, I’m glad you’re happy at least. You’ve got a fur coat to keep you warm.

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38 comments on “Record breaking snowfall hits Oklahoma

  1. Harry

    Aacckkk!!! Now they’re talking about 2-4″ of snow in central Mississippi Wednesday night!!

    1. Dee Nash

      Oh, Harry I hope you didn’t get too much snow.

  2. della

    Each post I always think, “this is the best”, however I know this is THE BEST ONE YET. Pictures so beautiful and lovely thoughts.

    1. Dee Nash

      Awww, Aunt Della, you’re the best. Thank so much for visiting my little blog. It’s my piece of heaven for sure.

  3. Brit Gal Sarah

    We were hit harder by the cold than the snow out here, yours sure does look pretty, but stay warm indoors!

    1. Dee Nash

      Sarah, I’m so sorry you guys got so much cold. We did too. One morning was -2F, but we had twelve and a half inches of snow to insulate things. Just think though, we’ll be planting peas and spinach by the end of the month.

  4. Pam/Digging

    We’re maybe getting snow tonight, but it will be too little, too late to protect our plants. Still, any snow is an exciting event here in Austin. Yours looks pretty, but that’s a LOT of snow.

    1. Dee Nash

      Pam, that is bad news! I hope you enjoy the snow even if it falls on sad plants.

  5. Rose

    I’ve been watching the news and wondering how you were faring, Dee. This must be quite a storm for Oklahoma. My husband can empathize with yours–he’s been working 12-hour shifts, too, plowing the roads which drift over again as soon as he’s finished. But I’m with you–I’ll take snow anyday over ice!

    1. Dee Nash

      Rose, believe it or not, we’re supposed to get even more snow this week. Yuck.

  6. Harry

    Be careful out there! I heard that Oklahoma was going to get socked. We’re just getting another small round of sleet and ice today/tonight/Friday, not pretty, just messy. But spring’s coming, I saw my first daffs trying to push up through the cold ground last weekend.

    1. Dee Nash

      Thank you Harry. We did indeed get socked, and we’re supposed to get socked again on Wednesday dang it. I’m so glad to hear about your daffs though.

  7. Victoria

    Snow is scary, but your garden looks very beautiful. Inside looking out is a good place to be!

    1. Dee Nash

      Thanks Victoria. So true about the inside route. I’m going to the gym on Monday to work off the food I ate all week.

  8. Meredith

    Beautiful pictures, though I know the snow can be a pain. F. and I got separated for three days in the big snowstorm that hit here in January — just because we didn’t imagine that much snow falling in South Carolina. Predictions since we moved here have pretty much been false alarms. Boy, were we surprised!

    I do hope you manage to stay warm and cuddly. Sounds like you have it all, with a fireplace and banana bread. 🙂 Tap is too cute — and his enthusiasm is infectious. The leaping shot at the end should be labeled, “Joy.”

    1. Dee Nash

      Wow Meredith, that’s quite a story. We have a lot of false alarms too, although the last few years, a lot of snow also. We were all warm and cuddly. Yes, Tap is the epitome of joy.

  9. Mary Callahan

    I’m in love with your dog. I lost my big ole Barney a couple of weeks ago and miss him like crazy, he also liked the snow, although out here in the high desert in SoCal we only get it every few years. Stay warm!

    1. Dee Nash

      Mary, he is a sweet thing even if he’s a mess. He will grow out of his destructive stage someday. I’ve never been to the high desert. I’d like to visit it someday.

    1. Dee Nash

      Thank you so much Helen.

  10. Helen

    Snow always looks best when you dont have to go out in it! Here in the UK the problems are always with people trying to maake unnecessary journeys and getting stuck which then causes work for others, like your husband. I’m lucky I can work from home though I have had a few hairy journeys getting home as the snow came down this winter

    1. Dee Nash

      Helen, it is the same here. Lots of people found this out the hard way. Y’all have had a lot of snow the last couple of winters.

  11. Mr. McGregor's Daughter

    Tap is a cutey! I’m glad you were able to get out into the snow a bit and take photos. That storm was really something.

    1. Dee Nash

      Thanks MMD.

  12. Lona

    I have been watching the news all morning about the snow storms moving across the states. We were lucky here the lower section of Ohio. Very little ice and the rains melted it. Now the winds are fierce and some snow flurries. Looks like Taps is really enjoying all the snow. While watching the slide show I was waiting for the splat when he ran into you. LOL!

    1. Dee Nash

      Lona, it’s been a snowy winter for Oklahoma and just plain weird. Glad you’re not getting pelted. No, I managed to block Tap with my knee, or I would definitely been splat.

  13. Xris (Flatbush Gardener)

    Laughing, no, commiserating, yes. We still have two feet of snow on the ground. Now we have a hard shell of ice on top of that. It looks like meringue.

    1. Dee Nash

      Oh Xris, you have had the worst snowfall of all. Now that we’re in our third weather event, I’m thinking I wish I lived even further south. Stay warm my friend.

  14. Layanee

    Dogs seem to love snow. Your little Tap has grown up. Is he a chewer? Tucker and Cooper want to play with him. Keep warm.

  15. Leslie

    It will be a good memory for your kids! Stay safe and enjoy the fire.

  16. Frances

    Thank goodness for that blanket of snow to protect plants with those kinds of temps, Dee. I am glad you have one household member able to romp and play. How cute! Stay warm and safe and thank goodness for folks like Bill to help rescue stranded drivers.

  17. Carol

    Well, the snow does make for some pretty pictures! Stay warm, stay safe!

  18. Lisa at Greenbow

    Luna loves it when I go outside with her in the snow too. She jumps and runs. Fun for her. Not so much for me. Like you I like snow,not ice. We were lucky this time. The big weathers went north of our area. Just a dusting of snow but that wind sure was scary. Everything in my garden is topsy turvey. Stay warm and safe.

    1. Dee Nash

      Yes, if only Luna and Tap could get together and romp around. What fun they would have.

  19. gail

    Dee, I can’t believe how cold your part of the world is right now! Whew! Tap is the cutest pup ever! Have fun with the kids, keep warm and safe. gail

    1. Dee Nash

      Gail, I can’t believe it either. It makes me irritated and cross.

  20. Cindy, MCOK

    I’m shivering just looking at those pictures. This storm looks even worse than last year’s! Tap does appear to be enjoying himself.

    1. Dee Nash

      It’s very cold here. Very cold. Shivering in my boots.