UPDATE: Road conditions improving, but driving with caution encouraged
UPDATE: Around 10 a.m., the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said conditions are improving but unnecessary travel is still discouraged.
Slick and hazardous conditions are reported in eastern and south central Oklahoma. The roads are drying out in western and northwestern Oklahoma.
Slick spots remain throughout the state and crews continue to treat the roadways.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Many school districts across the state have canceled class because of slick and hazardous road conditions.
Troopers in Oklahoma, Lincoln, Logan, Canadian, Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties say bridges are iced over and very slick. Officials specifically pointed out the Turner Turnpike, which is very slick.
Troopers in Creek, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Rogers counties say snow is covering icy roads as temperatures continue to drop.
Troopers in Cherokee, Wagoner, McIntosh, Haskell, Adair and Sequoyah counties are slick and hazardous. Officials say complete sheets of ice are covering the roadways.
Officials say roads are slick and hazardous in Okfuskee, Seminole, Hughes, Pittsburg, Latimer and LeFlore counties. Bridges and overpasses are especially slick.
However, it is a different story in southeastern Oklahoma.
Troopers in Coal, Atoka, Pushmataha, McCurtain, Bryan and Choctaw counties say roads are wet but have not iced over.
Officials say roads are slick in spots in Garvin, Murray and Pontotoc counties, but crews have sanded areas that require it. Roads in Carter and Love counties are just wet.
Roads in Caddo, Grady, Comanche and Cotton counties are slick and hazardous, including the H.E. Bailey Turnpike and I-40.
Roads in Stephens and Jefferson counties are slick in spots.
Troopers in Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Washita and Beckham counties say roads are slick and hazardous.
Cimarron County has a light dusting of snow that is not causing any hazardous conditions at this time.
Texas, Beaver and Harper counties have one to two inches of snow and ice covering the road.
Ellis and Woodward counties have a dusting of snow that is causing roadways to be slick in spots.
Woods County is receiving light snow that is sticking to the roads, causing slick spots.
Snow is falling in Alfalfa County, but roads are still clear.
Garfield, Grant and eastern Major counties remain slick in spots with ice on bridges and some roadways.
Roads in Blaine and Kingfisher counties have areas that are slick and hazardous due to the storm.
Troopers in Kay, Osage, Noble, Pawnee and Payne counties say roads are slick and hazardous at this time. The roads are covered in ice and have a layer of sleet on them.
All roads in Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa and Washington counties are slick and hazardous, including the Will Rogers Turnpike and the Cherokee Turnpike. Troopers also report that visibility is low in those areas.
Troopers in Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman and Harmon counties say roads are slick in spots and overpasses are slick.
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- Use extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses.
- Turn off your automatic sprinkler systems.
- Remember that posted speed limits are only to be followed during ideal weather conditions. Slow down while driving on snow or ice.
- Give salt trucks plenty of room – stay at least 100 feet behind them so salt won’t get thrown on your car.
- Plan ahead by getting up and leaving the house earlier.
- Keep at least a three-car distance from the car in front of you.
- Steer and brake more slowly than usual.
- Keep warm shoes and clothes in your car.
- Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle before setting out.
- Proceed carefully through intersections.
- Have a plan if you slide off the road – who are you going to call?