Road conditions in Tulsa, Green Country March 3, 2014 after winter storm

TULSA - Most roads across northeastern Oklahoma have been cleared after sleet and snow fell Sunday in Green Country.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says roads in some areas of the state remain slick and hazardous following a winter storm that hit the state and are warning of roadways refreezing.
 
The National Weather Service has forecast Monday night lows across the state to be mostly from the single digits to the teens.
 
ODOT says the possibility of refreezing is highest on bridges and overpasses during the night Monday and into Tuesday morning.
 

RELATED: City of Tulsa, ODOT road crews treat main and arterial streets

Most of the snow is expected to melt by Tuesday but for the time being plows are clearing highways and arterial roads.  Neighborhood streets, which are not cleared in the city of Tulsa, will remain problematic for motorists.

Updated road conditions are below:

7:30 p.m. - Highways and well traveled roads in McCurtain, Choctaw, Bryan, Marshall, Atoka, Coal, and Pushmataha counties are slick in spots, secondary roadways are still ice covered. Wet roads will freeze overnight. 

7:15 p.m. - All major highways in Muskogee, McIntosh, Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, and Wagoner counties are going to be slick in spots, while most county roads are still be slick and hazardous.

6:17 p.m. - ODOT reports slick and hazardous roads in Cherokee and Adair counties in northeastern Oklahoma and in Le Flore, Pittsburg and Bryan counties in southeastern Oklahoma -- although sunshine on Monday did help clear the wintry precipitation from some of the major roadways in the state.

6 p.m. - All roads in Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties have roadways that are still slick and hazardous. The main interstates are in better condition but the ramps are still slick and hazardous and the main interstates will deteriorate as the sun goes down.  Please use extreme caution if you must get out on the roadways.

5:51 p.m. - In Ottawa, Craig, Nowata, Washington, Delaware, and Mayes counties, main roadways are for the most part clear. Need to watch overpasses and bridges. They may still have a few slick spots. Interstate 44 Will Rogers Turnpike and the Cherokee Turnpike are for the most part clear. Secondary roads are still slick and hazardous. 

4:30 p.m. - EMS reporting traffic accidents have increased in the last hour. 

4 p.m. - ODOT: Roadways in Muskogee, Wagoner, McIntosh, Adair, Haskell, Cherokee and Sequoyah counties are very slick and hazardous.  Sleet and black ice is covering many of the roadways.  Please use extreme caution when traveling. 

4 p.m. - Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews reported clear roadways over much of the state. The sunshine has helped greatly causing some melting, aiding ODOT's  clearing efforts.   

4 p.m. - All roads in Okfuskee, Seminole, Hughes, Pittsburg, Latimer and Leflore Counties are still slick in spots, especially on bridges and overpasses. All secondary roads remain slick and ice covered at this time. Travel is discouraged.

8:42 a.m. -- Roads in the panhandle are slick and hazardous but oversize loads have resumed transport.

8 a.m. -- All major highways including the Will Rogers Turnpike and the Cherokee Turnpike in the northeastern corner of the state are packed with snow and ice and OHP says they are extremely slick and hazardous.  All travel is being discouraged and motorists who must be out should drive slowly and use caution.

7:26 a.m. -- ODOT: Winter Weather-Drivers statewide are encouraged to use caution through the morning rush hour. ODOT crews sanding/salting bridges/roads

6:46 a.m. -- Eastbound I-44 has two lanes clear and in some areas three lanes, says Breanne Palmerini, adding these are the best road conditions she's seen in the area this morning.  Neighborhood streets remain snow-packed as do on and off ramps and intersections, which are slick when cars stop and go.

6:35 a.m. -- Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill doesn't recommend travel on the Will Rogers Turnpike so plows can treat the roads.  Up to 7 inches fell in some areas.

6:32 a.m. -- Breanne Palmerini says downtown Tulsa appears to have the worst road conditions in the metro area and looks like it hasn't been treated at all.  Most other roads, though, remain snow-packed though plows are working across the area.

6:31 a.m. -- Oklahoma Department of Public Safety reports slick and hazardous roads across the entire state.

6:16 a.m. -- OHP spokesman Capt. George Brown says most highways have one lane that's manageable.  Everything else is snow- and ice-packed.  Emergency response times are slow and Brown is asking people to reduce unnecessary travel if possible.  Troopers haven't responded to any crashes

this morning but there have been several stalled vehicles.  If you're leaving your home, Brown encourages you to take supplies to stay warm if necessary and drive slow.

5:58 a.m. -- ODOT: Due to refreezing and additional snow and sleet overnight, roads and bridges remain slick and hazardous throughout northern, central, southern, southeastern, eastern and northeastern Oklahoma. Crews are plowing snow and sleet accumulations and applying sand/salt to bridges and roadways. Travel is highly discouraged this morning, but if motorists are out on the roads they need to remain cautious of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.

5:48 a.m. -- Tim McCorkell with Tulsa City Streets Department, says there is still plenty of work to be done on arterial roads this morning.  Multiple plows are working to clear main streets and snow built up near curbs.  Once the streets are cleared, crews will lay down additional material for extra traction.  McCorkell said crews salted roads before the storm began so the ice from the sleet should melt pretty quickly once the snow is cleared.

5:47 a.m. -- Okfuskee, Seminole, Hughes, Pittsburg, Latimer and LeFlore counties' roadways are slick and hazardous, according to OHP, and travel is discouraged.

5:34 a.m. -- Roads in the southeast corner of the state are sleet- and ice-covered.

5:34 a.m. -- Jack Damrill with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority says crews are dealing with slick and hazardous roads across the entire state.  They recommend people stay home if they can or delay their travel until roads are more clear.  Damrill says all OTA resources are out now.  After clearing the top level of snow -- 1 to 6 inches in areas -- more salt will be applied to begin melting the layer of sleet that fell first.  By noon, Damrill expects the Turner Turnpike will be in good shape but as of now it's passable.

5:31 a.m. -- Breanne Palmerini reports from the Broken Arrow Expressway eastbound near the Garnett Exit.  She says on highways middle lanes are more clear than the outer lanes, which have more built up snow.  The BA Expy is more clear than Highway 169 was.  On the BA there are clear patches on the road but not a solid lane, whereas Highway 169 had one clear lane.  Ramps and intersections will be tricky for drivers.

5:18 a.m. -- Tulsa Airport tweets "Our snow crew has our runways cleared for airline operations.  Only four canceled flights so far this morning."

5:15 a.m. -- Breanne Palmerini reports seeing motorists slide through intersections where stopping and starting are difficult due to slick roads and a buildup of snow from plows.

5:05 a.m. -- ODOT spokesman Cole Hackett suggests staying about 200 feet from snow plows and sand trucks, but he suggests motorists avoid travel if possible.

5:02 a.m. -- One lane is clear on most of the area highways as snow plows continue working.  Plows can kick up snow so motorists should steer clear and stay back.

5 a.m. -- OHP discourages travel in Kay, Noble, Payne, Pawnee and Osage counties due to slick and hazardous roads.

5 a.m. -- Slick and hazardous roads reported in central Oklahoma, according to DPS.  All travel is discouraged at this time.

4:49 a.m. -- Breanne Palmerini reports on-ramps to Highway 169 are mostly snow-packed.  Only one lane has been cleared in both directions.

4:30 a.m. -- Snow plows are working on Tulsa area highways and arterial streets but many have not been cleared at this time.  Be cautious at intersections as snow builds up with increasing traffic.

4 a.m. -- Roads in Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee and Rogers counties remain slick and hazardous, reports OHP, and compounding the problem are temperatures in single to low teens.  Travel is discouraged.

1:20 a.m. -- OHP reports all major highways and side roads in the northeastern corner of the state are slick and hazardous, including the Will Rogers Turnpike and the Cherokee Turnpike.

Below is a list of resources to check road conditions throughout Oklahoma and Kansas:

Call *55 for emergency roadside assistance.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
(888) 425-2385
dps.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
(877) 403-7623
pikepass.com

Kansas Department of Public Safety
ksdot.org

Kansas Turnpike Authority
ksturnpike.com

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