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Another winter storm is coming; More control over power outages “very likely”

Another wave of winter weather is expected to bring more snow to Oklahoma from Tuesday to Wednesday, as Oklahoman residents continue to grapple with freezing temperatures and slippery road conditions. OG&E and other utility companies implemented a statewide controlled power outage for customers as Southwest Power Ball announced an energy emergency level 3. As of 12:15 p.m., SPP lowered the alert to Level 1. OG&E confirmed it Temporarily switched off controlled power failure. KOCO 5 will provide you with the latest updates regarding approaching winter weather and blackouts. Keep updating this story for updates: 4:10 PM Update: According to OG&E, as of 3:45 PM, OG&E is reporting less than 6,500 customers without power as a result of weather-related outages. Officials said OG&E has more than 1,000 restoration workers working to restore energy as quickly and safely as possible. At this time, Southwest Power Pool informed OG&E that temporary service outages are not required, which means that the service outage has been temporarily suspended for the time being. While SPP has not yet indicated a resumption of service outages in the short term, we urge OG&E customers to prepare. Given the smoothness of the situation, OG&E officials said they may not be able to report all outages before their start time. Because of this, they encourage customers to prepare for the possibility of a controlled interruption of service of one to two hours as these conditions persist, and officials said this will likely continue over the next few days due to the continuing cold weather around the world. AREA AND NATURAL GAS DEMAND 3:30 PM UPDATE: Chief meteorologist Damon Lane says the next wave of snow is now moving into western Oklahoma. Watch Damon’s latest timeline in the video player above. Update 2:08 p.m.: The Public Safety Commissioner announced that due to bad weather, state agencies may temporarily reduce non-essential services starting at 12:01 AM on Wednesday and ending at 11:59 PM on Wednesday for all 77 counties. : Chief meteorologist, Damon Lin, says 3 “-6” snowflakes on a large scale will move this afternoon and finish tomorrow morning. However, some areas will see an opportunity for more snow. Specifically from Elk City-Clinton-Kingfisher-Enid-Stillwater and then another band from Duncan-Pauls Valley-Shawnee where there is a chance of 7. “No matter what, snow over snow will lead to dangerous conditions this evening. If not. Have to go out, go home by 7 p.m. The roads will be dangerous tonight and tomorrow morning.Update: OG&E officials said during a press conference that while the blackouts have been paused, for now, Oklahoman residents are urging to continue to conserve electricity and that Controlled power outages are “very likely”, due to the approaching winter storm and persistent freezing temperatures. ONG officials also said that demand for natural gas continues to outstrip supply. We urge Oklahoman to reduce the amount of natural gas they use to help with supply and demand. Watch the conference update The journalist below: Make sure you download the KOCO 5 app to receive custom weather alerts. You can see our team’s coverage on the online app as well. >> Check out live and interactive radar >> Check church closures >> See KOCO 5 coverage >> Download the KOCO 5 app at iPhone> > Download the KOCO 5 app on Android >> “Like” KOCO 5 on Facebook >> “Follow” KOCO 5 on Twitter

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Another wave of winter weather is expected to bring more snow to Oklahoma from Tuesday to Wednesday, as Oklahoman residents continue to grapple with freezing temperatures and slippery road conditions.

OG&E and other utility companies implemented controlled power outages for customers statewide as Southwest Power Pool declared Power Emergency Level 3. As of 12:15 pm, SPP lowered the alert to Level 1. OG&E confirmed that it has temporarily halted power outages.

KOCO 5 will provide you with the latest updates regarding approaching winter weather and power outages. Keep updating this story for updates:

4:10 p.m. Update: According to OG&E, as of 3:45 PM, OG&E reported fewer than 6,500 customers without power as a result of weather-related outages. Officials said OG&E has more than 1,000 restoration workers working to restore energy as quickly and safely as possible. At this time, Southwest Power Pool informed OG&E that temporary service outages are not required, which means that the service outage has been temporarily suspended for the time being.

While SPP has not yet indicated a resumption of service outages in the short term, we urge OG&E customers to prepare.

Given the smoothness of the situation, OG&E officials said they may not be able to report all outages before their start time. Because of this, they encourage customers to be prepared for the possibility of a controlled interruption of service of one to two hours as these conditions persist.

Officials said this is likely to continue as it is over the next few days due to continued cold weather across the region and the demand for natural gas.

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3:30 p.m. Update: Chief meteorologist Damon Lane says the next wave of snow is now moving in western Oklahoma. Watch Damon’s latest timeline in the video player above.

2:08 PM Update: The Public Safety Commissioner announced that due to bad weather, state agencies may temporarily reduce non-essential services starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday for all 77 counties.

Update 1:50 pm: Chief meteorologist, Damon Lin, says 3 “-6” of the widely spread snow will move this afternoon and finish tomorrow morning. However, some areas will see an opportunity for more snow. Specifically from Elk City-Clinton-Kingfisher-Enid-Stillwater and then another band from Duncan-Pauls Valley-Shawnee where there is a chance of 7. “No matter what, snow over snow will lead to dangerous conditions this evening if I have to get out, Come home by 7 PM, the roads will be dangerous tonight and tomorrow morning.

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1:45 PM Update: OG&E officials said during a press conference that while the controlled power outages have been temporarily stopped, for the time being, Oklahoman residents are being urged to continue to conserve electricity and that an additional controlled power outage is “very likely”, due to an approaching Winter storm and continuing freezing temperatures.

ONG officials also said that demand for natural gas continues to outstrip supply. Oklahoman residents are being urged to reduce the amount of natural gas they use to help with supply and demand.

Watch the press conference update below:


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