Winter wonderland: Though Ardmore saw little precipitation early, in other areas totals more significant

Drew Butler

While some areas in Southern Oklahoma received a moderate amount of snow and ice on Wednesday, the city of Ardmore received only a small amount throughout the day. Street Department Supervisor Don Olive said the city’s street team was ready to go, and they would have been able to handle a significant amount of snow, if there had been a need.

“We probably keep between 600 and 700 tons of sand material on hand,” Olive said Wednesday afternoon. “Today we probably used maybe 15 tons at the very most because we didn’t really have much of an event.”

Olive said the crew preemptively sanded the city’s bridges and overpasses along with a few intersections during the early hours of the morning, and they continued to place sand once the snow and ice started coming down closer to dawn.

“It didn’t really start freezing until about five this morning, so those guys went out for about an hour,” Olive said. “While they were out they got quite a few of the major intersections sanded.”

Olive said once the day crew came in at 7 a.m., they spent most of the morning driving their routes to ensure the roads remained clear.

Olive said that while the city now keeps over 600 tons of sand on hand at any given time, that was not always the case.

“Back in around 2014 or 2015, we got about 12 inches of snow,” Olive said. “At that time we kept maybe 250 tons on hand, and we got really close to running out. So when we reordered I made sure we always have enough on hand to never let something like that happen again.”