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Counties prepared for winter weather

Posted at 5:43 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 08:14:24-05

TULSA, Okla. — With heavy rain and a possibility for tornadoes Friday, county crews are on alert.

It’s been a strange combination of weather this week with fires in Pawnee County, the possibility for storms later Friday and snow on Saturday.

Crews have to be ready for anything Mother Nature throws their way.

Tulsa county officials said the mix of weather is one of the reasons their plan of attack doesn’t involve pretreating the road.

With possible damaging winds and isolated tornadoes on the way Friday evening, Tulsa County Communications Manager Devin Egan said any pretreatment could be washed away.

Even though the temperatures are expected to take a significant drop, it’s not enough to really affect the roads.

However, Egan said crews are on standby to take care of any problems that could arise from too much snow or icy roads.

“We have three districts that all have superintendents and crews that are all watching the roads in each of their districts and so they decide what the priority is based on the highest used roads of what needs to be tackled first," said Egan.

If snow does becomes a factor, the county’s first step is to put sand on the roads to help with traction.

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