Oklahoma is in the midst of an unusually wet October. So far rainfall totals for the month are more than eight inches above average and according to Phillip Ware, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman – as of press time Saturday evening — Ardmore has received nearly 2.43 inches of precipitation since rain began Friday morning.
“This most recent rain is remnants of Hurricane Sergio from the Pacific,” Ware said, adding that while the weather should remain mostly dry throughout the day Sunday, an incoming cold front will bring more rain late Sunday evening or early Monday morning.
“This will bring about sharply colder temperatures along with more rain which will last most of the day on Monday,” Ware said. A warm front coming up from the Gulf on Tuesday could lead to additional rains, though Ware said Ardmore is right on the cusp of this and most showers should occur south of the area. He said that while the majority of precipitation will be finished by Monday afternoon, the remainder of the week will be cool and cloudy.
The increase in precipitation has caused some issues on area roads with many low-lying area streets being temporarily impassible during the heaviest rains. Carter County Commissioner for District 3 Jerry Alvord said that he began receiving phone calls at around 7 a.m on Saturday morning about road conditions and crews worked throughout the day to insure area roads remained open. He said all roads in his district should be opened by Sunday and that crews were working to open up Ridge Road in Wilson on Saturday.
While the weekend’s rainfall totals have not been a problem, Alvord said that when combined with previous precipitation, they have created issues.
“The volumes are okay, but the ground is already so saturated any additional rains can lead to flooding,” Alvord said. “It really makes it hard on us to put things back to where we want them in between the storms.”
Carter County Commissioner for District 1 Joe David McReynolds said the roads in his district also remain open with the exception of a low-water crossing on Hereford Road which is closed due to flooding.
All roads also remain open at Lake Murray State Park though Park Ranger Lt. Todd O’Neal said the water’s current level of 749.75 feet puts it about three inches away from going over the spillway.
“Chances are it may go over the spillway, and once it gets to a certain point we will have to close Scenic Route 77.” O’Neal said, adding that this happens when four inches of rain covers the road — predicting that if lake levels rise about seven more inches, the park would be forced to shut the road down until waters recede.