Stay safe on slick, snowy roads

Courtesy: Julie Reeves

Courtesy: Julie Reeves

OKLAHOMA CITY—Drivers who are out on Oklahoma roads are encouraged to take it slow while crews attempt to get a handle on the bridges and overpasses.

Currently, crews with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are treating slick spots and plowing any snow that has accumulated.

Heavy snow accumulation and hazardous roads are being reported in western Oklahoma and crews are applying sand and salt to slick spots.

Wet roads with a few slick spots are reported in far northwestern Oklahoma and the Panhandle.

However, roads that are simply a little wet are being reported in central and the north central parts of the state, including the metro area.

Drivers should be cautious of slick spots and black ice as the precipitation may increase while temperatures drop throughout the day.

Motorists are asked to follow a few simple steps to stay safe in the snow.

  • Check road conditions before getting inside your car.
  • Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment.
  • Allow extra space between vehicles so there is adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.
  • Be aware of “black ice,” which looks wet on the roadway but is actually a thin layer of ice.
  • Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.

Crews will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day and sand and salt problem areas.

To get updated road conditions, call the Department of Public Safety’s Road Conditions Hotline at 888-425-2385.