Caught in the middle of waves of freezing rain, central Oklahoma is laying low until temperatures are projected to get back up into the 60s by the weekend.

Caught in the middle of waves of freezing rain, central Oklahoma is laying low until temperatures are projected to get back up into the 60s by the weekend.

Many area schools had snow days on Wednesday that quickly became prolonged as more severe weather came through.

By Wednesday afternoon, 12 of the 14 school districts in Pottawatomie County had already put up notices that classes would be closed Thursday. As of press time, the other two districts — North Rock Creek and South Rock Creek — had not yet determined whether they would close.

Also, as there were the day before, there were some reports of relatively short power outages in Shawnee and Tecumseh.

At 5 p.m., OGE System Watch showed a reported 532 outages in the state — 169 of those were in Shawnee just west of the airport along MacArthur, but by 5:30 p.m. they had been resolved.

While OGE provides power in city limits, a dispatcher said North Canadian Valley Electric serves rural areas. North Canadian reported 239 outages in Pottawatomie County — between Shawnee and Bethel Acres — and one in Seminole County as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

As the Oklahoma Highway Patrol urged residents to stay home.

The City of Tecumseh posted a message on its Facebook page alerting its residents that, in the event of power outages in Tecumseh, the auditorium at Tecumseh City Hall would be open as long as it had power.

“We will have tables and chairs; so anyone with small children, oxygen, or anyone without power in Tecumseh can come be warm,” the post read. “There will not be beds available but if you are in need please feel free to bring blankets and pillows.

Some other area closings include:

• Shawnee Senior Center

• COCAA

• Immanuel Baptist Church's Kids For Christ

Opening later

• Wystle owner Rachael Melot said her business may open at noon Thursday, if weather permits.

For road condition information, visit dps.state.ok.us or call 1 (844) 465-4997.

Cleanup

In another Facebook post, Shawnee Coach Billy Brown noted the difficulty disabled vets and the elderly may have with downed trees and limbs after the ice storms.

He offered help.

“Shawnee Football will pick up any downed trees or limbs for any disabled vets or elderly people that need our help,” he said. “Call the athletic office with contact info at (405) 214-7130.”

Forecast

According to the National Weather Service, there was a winter weather advisory in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday for portions of central, east central, northern, northwest,

southern, southwest and western Oklahoma and northern Texas.

“Sleet and freezing rain and freezing drizzle through Thursday morning,” it projected. “The ice will result in slick roads. Additional ice accumulations will be light, but will still create slick conditions on roadways.”