Watch for slick spots on highways, frozen slush on roads

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OKLAHOMA-  Travel conditions will continue to deteriorate throughout the day as overnight and early morning snow fall covered many highways and interstates across the state.

Northwestern Oklahoma received an additional 2-5 inches of snow today adding to the 2-4 inches those counties received Friday. Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue to plow and treat highways with a sand and salt mixture. These operations will continue until roadways are dry and safe for travel. Roads in Cimmarron County, at the tip of the panhandle, are dry and drivable, but conditions from Texas County east to Woodward and Ellis counties are snow-packed and hazardous.

Light-to-moderate snowfall across both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas is adding to the slick and hazardous nature of highways and interstates in these areas. Crews continue to battle slick spots and motorists are urged to use extra caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses.

The eastern and central portions of I-40 are slick and hazardous with crews working in round-the-clock shifts to plow and treat the roadway. Similar conditions exist along I-35 with one lane kept clear by crews in each direction as they continue to plow and treat the additional lanes. Drivers should remain alert to trucks working statewide, and stay at least 200 feet behind.

With more precipitation forecast to fall across the state, road conditions will continue to change. Unnecessary travel is discouraged. Those who must be on roadways are urged to give themselves extra time, allow ample room for braking and drive for the conditions. Black ice conditions will continue to be a concern in many areas of the state, especially as more freezing precipitation falls later today.

If drivers must travel out of state, they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.


Out-of-State Road Conditions

Arkansas             800-245-1672        www.idrivearkansas.com
Colorado             303-639-1111        www.cotrip.org
Kansas               866-511-5368        www.511.ksdot.org
Missouri             888-275-6636        www.modot.org
New Mexico           800-432-4269        www.nmroads.com
Texas                800-452-9292        www.drivetexas.org

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

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