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Officials: Slick and hazardous roads being reported across the state

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Drivers in certain parts of the state are being warned of slick and hazardous conditions.

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation say slick and hazardous conditions are being reported on highways and bridges in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Bridges are also becoming slick in Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties.

Crews continue to monitor conditions in Alfalfa, Major and Woods counties.

Blowing snow is also causing reduced visibility in parts of the state.

Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speeds and use caution.

Authorities ask motorists to stick to the following guidelines:

  • Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment. Crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
  • Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.
  • Allow extra space between vehicles, so there is an adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.
  • Be aware of “black ice,” which looks wet on the road but it actually a thin layer of ice.
  • Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.

ODOT crews will continue to put down salt and sand on roads and bridges and plow if needed.