The sun has come out for the first time in three days here in Oklahoma City — but before I get to the end of this blizzard, I'll tell you about our adventure into the storm.
My photographer, Scott Gill and I got the call to come to Oklahoma, while we were in Austin, Texas, covering a story at the Capitol. We quickly shifted gears, got on a plane to Dallas, where we unpacked and repacked for bitter cold temperatures.
Since I grew up in Iowa, you would think I would find a pair of winter boots in my closet now, but somewhere along the line, probably when I was moving to Florida three years ago to report for the CBS station in Tampa, they got left behind. So on our way out of town, Scott, our producer Sig Rydquist and I stopped to pick up some boots, wool socks and snow pants.
I'm so glad that we did. Driving from Dallas was OK, until we hit the Oklahoma border. That's where the sleet had already covered the highway and traffic started to slow down. What was supposed to be a two and a half hour trip, became six. We got to our hotel at two in the morning, and was up and ready for live shots at five am. We all had on our warmest outerwear on, but nothing can prepare you for single digit temperatures at five am.
Luckily, the sleet did not start to fall again until the late morning hours and our bodies had time to adjust. The sleet stung for a second when it hit my skin; that's probably in part due to the strong winds we had that day. On Saturday, we also tested one of our new types of video equipment, called a videophone. The videophone has a mounted satellite dish on our SUV and a small camera mounted to the front window. We can take it into hurricanes to show the force of winds and damage from water without having to leave the safety of our truck. For this story, we wanted to show what it was like to drive on some of the snow covered roads around town. After a few attempts, it worked great.
On Sunday, we had so many accidents happen right in front of us! While we made sure everyone was alright, it made for good video to show what the weather was like. One girl we met right after she crashed her Mustang into a cement pillar, told us that she knew she shouldn't be driving, but was so bored of sitting at home. That's exactly what emergency teams were telling us: People feel like they just have to go out and sometimes an accident is the result.
Today, the storm has passed, moved further east and out of Oklahoma, and now the clean up has begun. Tree limbs are being pulled off the roads, cars that were stuck are being pushed out and the airport is carrying a full flight schedule again. We are also going home soon. Back to Texas, where they have also had some bad weather. I just looked on weather.com and found out it's about 33-degrees in Dallas right now. That's a 30-degree improvement, so I'll take it.
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Kim McIntyre joined FOX News Channel (FNC) as a Dallas-based correspondent in 2006. She previously worked as a freelance producer in FNC’s Washington, DC, bureau. You can read the rest of her bio here.