OKLAHOMA CITY — Many drivers have battled snow and slick road conditions on Thursday morning as winter weather pounded the Oklahoma City metro.
Around 5 a.m., winter precipitation started falling on many parts of Oklahoma City.
Our crew near I-40 and Robinson Avenue experienced heavy freezing rain around 6 a.m. When they moved toward Yukon around 8:30 a.m., the rain started turning to snow.
Authorities advise you to stay home during winter weather, if you can.
News 4 spoke with some drivers who had to work Thursday and be out on the roads.
“The roads are starting to get a little slick out on I-40. I’m heading west out to El Reno, little worse out there. I just talked to my wife. We live in Newcastle, and she said it’s now starting to get slick coming out of there,” Todd Otis said around 8:30 Thursday morning in Yukon.
“I think we passed three accidents already, and it was all on bridges,” Katelyn Pike said. “We got like 10 hours ahead of us.”
Pike and her husband are traveling through Oklahoma from Arkansas.
Pike’s husband has to make it to El Paso where he is returning from military leave.
“We’re taking it slow, adds more time to the trip but better safe than sorry,” Pike said.
Bobbie Leck, who works at Integris, also didn’t have the option to stay home on Thursday.
“Just taking it slow. Get there, and get it done,” Leck said.
Otis was in a similar situation on Thursday due to his job.
“It’s going to be one of those run to the office, get a few things done real quick, head back to the house,” Otis said.
All of the drivers our crew spoke with said, to avoid a collision, they try to drive slow, be aware of their surroundings and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them.