Law enforcement encourages Oklahomans to prepare for winter weather

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NORMAN, Okla. –  It looks like an arctic blast combined with winter precipitation could be part of the New Year’s forecast in Oklahoma.

The latest weather data indicates the county will see freezing rain and sleet Thursday through Saturday.

Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester wants everyone to be prepared in case the weather causes power outages or travel disruptions.

Make sure and have a blanket, candles, matches, flashlight, batteries, weather and/or emergency radio, food and bottled water accessible.

Have an extra set of warm clothes and footwear handy.

Before travelling, check the forecast either by television or phone.

Fill the vehicle’s gas tank with plenty of fuel.

Also, check the oil and fluid levels.

Tires need to be inflated to the appropriate levels.

Keep an ice scraper and set of jumper cables in the vehicle.

If possible, pack a cell phone charger that can be used in the cigarette lighter.

Lester said he hopes everyone remembers these safety tips and uses caution if they trek out for any reasons.

“In the event should Cleveland County see an accumulation of frozen precipitation, please stay home and don’t travel unless it’s absolutely necessary,” Lester said. “Getting out on slick and icy roads only puts yourself and others in danger.”

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