dear jaybee -
you didn't call me a baby. i
called myself, and the other locals wimpy infants!
dear Members of TOM -
with that said, it got down to -4 degrees last night. and a roof of a middle school in Quapaw, OK, collapsed last night, due to the weight of the snow on it. and we just learned 'moore' snow is on the way, (oh, goodie) TOMorrow night.
the following is an additional report about the continuing aftermath of this storm:
QUAPAW, Okla. - A Chevrolet Avalanche ran off westbound lanes of the Will Rogers Turnpike and into the Spring River Thursday morning with eight people aboard, sparking a massive rescue operation.
It happened around 6:30 a.m. near the Missouri border at mile marker 322 just southeast of Quapaw in Ottawa County
Miami Fire Department attempted to lower a basket over the river bridge to rescue 6 people who made it to the roof of the vehicle. The OHP says two other people were inside the vehicle but they are above water level.
The OHP troop in Vinita reported at 8:45 a.m. that all but three people had been extricated.
Air temperatures in the area were at 9 degrees below zero.
All westbound lanes of I-44 are closed in the area. They are using the lanes to land 4 helicopters to assist in the rescue effort.
In addition to the OHP and Miami Fire Department, Rescue and Ambulance, the Newton County, Missouri dive team and the National Guard are assisting.
At 8:30 a.m., the Will Rogers Turnpike was closed at mile marker 309 so road crews could remove drifts up to 8-feet high against the guardrail and outside shoulder of the interstate.
About a half mile of the turnpike will be closed until the afternoon.
and even better news ... all eight have now been rescued.