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February 26, 2013

No break in winter storm patterns expected anytime soon

WOODWARD, Okla. — The rash of snowstorms  in the U.S. has many people asking when winter will loosen its grip, and the answer is not likely any time soon, according to Accuweather.com.

An active storm pattern may stay put in the U.S. for at least a few more weeks, forecasters predicted.

Heavy snow was creating havoc in Oklahoma and Kansas where many motorists were stranded and rescue teams were having problems getting to them.

"The problem we're having is that every time we send a vehicle out to try to rescue them, it gets stuck too," Woodward Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer said.

He reported that in some areas snow drifts measured 6 feet tall and over.

One person died in Woodward when a roof on a home crumbled, trapping the victim inside. By the time the snow stopped falling Tuesday between 12 to 18 inches had fallen in Woodward. There was a report of as much as 21 inches in one part of town.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, at the request of Gov. Mary Fallin, declared a state of emergency for much of the state including the counties in Northwest Oklahoma.

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Details for this story were reported by the Woodward (Okla.) News.

 

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