Winter Weather: Oklahoma Highway conditions

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OKALHOMA (KFOR) — A winter storm continues to march its way across the state.

With continued precipitation falling across much of the state and temperatures at or below the freezing mark, driving conditions could potentially worsen into the evening hours.

Drivers are urged to use caution on highways and interstates and evaluate if their travel plans are necessary tonight.

Slick and hazardous conditions are reported in western and north-central Oklahoma, and crews from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are treating roadways with salt and sand in those areas, including bridges in the Oklahoma City metro area.

For interstate travelers, icy conditions are reported on I-35 in Kay County from MM230 north to the state line, while bridges are slick in areas along I-40 in western Oklahoma and on I-40 east of Oklahoma County at this time.

In eastern Oklahoma, including the Tulsa metro area, roads are wet and conditions are being closely monitored with crews on standby.

Travelers should be alert to rapidly changing conditions into the evening hours, especially as temperatures fall. Slick spots can quickly develop on roadways, particularly on bridges and overpasses. Be alert to road clearing equipment, plan extra travel time and drive for the conditions.  

Please follow these guidelines when on hazardous roadways:

  • • Stay about 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
  • • Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.
  • • Be aware of “black ice,” which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.
  • • Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call
ODOT’s ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 844-4OK-HWYS (844-465-4997)
or go to www.okroads.org
For turnpike information, call the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.


If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.
Out-of-State Road Conditions
Arkansas 501-569-2374 www.Arkansashighways.com
Colorado 303-639-1111 www.cotrip.org
Kansas 866-511-5368 www.Kandrive.org
Missouri 888-275-6637 www.modot.org
New Mexico 800-432-4269 www.nmroads.com
Texas 800-452-9292 www.drivetexas.org


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