Weather-related accidents around the metro after winter blast

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OKLAHOMA -- After Monday’s winter storm, it was a dangerous commute for a lot of folks Tuesday morning .

Luckily, many schools are out Tuesday. But for those who had to drive, there are still a lot of leftover slick spots that are causing accidents.

As folks were sleeping Monday night, the temperatures were dropping, turning leftover snow and sleet on the roads into a sheet of ice.

One particularly bad accident occurred on the Ft. Smith Junction, where two trucks collided on a slick bridge. There was another bad accident on N.E. 23rd and Prospect, where a driver slid off the road, crashing into a poll.

Some metro drivers were ready for the hazards of the road, while others may have underestimated the dangers of the post-snow traffic.

"I was prepared to take the necessary precautions by slowing down and observing and looking out for other drivers who may have been having other problems," said Major Jemison.

"Coming out of our neighborhood, we about slipped into a main thoroughfare because there wasn't any salt or sand on it, and you kind of forget about it until it's too late," said Joe Mahan.

Some drivers are counting on Mother Nature to melt away the winter mess.

"All of the spray that comes off of the slush and the melt off, you're constantly using your windshield wiper fluid so it's probably a good day to make sure you're full of that," said Mahan.

For those who are still getting used to the wintry roads, "Ice is real and no joke, and cars have a difficult time navigating on ice, so slowing up and being very cautious and careful would be my advice to them," said Jemison.

According to NewsChannel 4’s meteorologists, we should see a warming trend through Wednesday, then winter weather moves back into the area.

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