Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 26, 2013

Bracing for the cold, just in case

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — A wildly unpredictable winter storm sweeping through the plains on Monday had some officials in Garvin County getting ready just in case the slippery impact was felt here.

Among those keeping a close eye on the weather models and forecasts was Bud Ramming, Garvin County’s director of emergency management.

With the predictions of minimal impact here Ramming says any preparations ahead of the storm were not quite as intense as with past winter systems.

Still, plans were made ready just in case the forecasts were wrong and Mother Nature’s wrath was stronger than expected.

“We have been monitoring what was coming this way,” Ramming said on Monday. “We’ve been monitoring this pretty closely.

“We’re not expecting anything down this way of any emergency,” he said.

“If temperatures dip down overnight it could cause some problems with slick spots on roads and bridges.”

Helping with the efforts to stay informed on the storm were regular updates from the National Weather Service, Ramming said.

After spring-like temperatures over the weekend, weather models showed a strong winter storm tracking in from the north.

Starting Monday morning much of the northwestern part of Oklahoma was pounded with heavy snow as colder temperatures, strong north winds and the winter precipitation spread south during the day.

With the forecasts calling for the possibility of rain and some ice and snow in Garvin County some emergency precautions were taken in advance.

Ramming said he met with the American Red Cross here to coordinate things in case the winter storm dipped further south than forecast.

“We’re prepared if this comes further south,” he said.

“We’re prepared to open shelters, but we’re not expecting to have to do that.”

Also on Monday the emergency management director met with some fire department officials and the county commissioners just so everyone would be on the same page in case road problems popped up in Garvin County.

“If you know it’s going to get bad I have a meeting with everyone and we come up with a plan of action,” Ramming added.