Oklahoma City street crews ready for snow and ice

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  City street crews driving up to 34 trucks will start around-the-clock salting operations exclusively along the City’s snow routes once anticipated snow and ice starts falling.

Oklahoma City’s snow routes can be viewed on the City’s website, www.okc.gov.

Crews treated bridges and overpasses along the City’s snow routes with a salt solution today.

Chances for inclement weather are highest Friday through Sunday.

The city says salt is in good supply with approximately 6,000 tons in stock.

Ground temperatures are hovering close to freezing, but are expected to drop through the weekend.

Homeowners are asked to turn off their sprinkler systems.

Regional snow route maps are available on the City’s website at www.okc.gov/prepare/winter.html

The city also has some safety tips during the winter weather.

  • 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?

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