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WINTER WEATHER: Slick roads, crashes across Tulsa area

Posted at 3:26 PM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-24 18:03:38-05

TULSA, Okla. — The 2 News Severe Weather team is tracking conditions as temperatures drop and a band of sleet and ice moves through Green Country. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Tulsa and nearby counties that expires Thursday evening.

Is it open? Schools, churches closing

Schools across the area made the decision to cancel classes or move to distance learning ahead of the winter weather Thursday. Track closings on 2 News Oklahoma

>> Find the latest forecast

How are the roads?

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has crews working 12-hour shifts to treat roadways with salt and sand with its fleet of 25 trucks.

On Wednesday, EMSA paramedics responded to 11 car accidents, eight cold exposure calls, nine slip/fall calls and one carbon monoxide incident in the Tulsa area.

By 6 a.m. Thursday, EMSA paramedics responded to two car accidents and two cold exposure calls.

The City of Tulsa is asking drivers to give plenty of room between their vehicles and the city’s truck-mounted salt spreaders and other heavy equipment.

>> Get a live look at traffic in the Tulsa area

Tulsa Transit transitioned to its snow routes through Thursday.

Monitoring power outages

The Public Service Company of Oklahoma is monitoring power lines as surfaces freeze throughout the area.

“If you have an outage, please call our customer service people at 1-888-218-3919 and let them know," PSO's Wayne Green says. "It’s also important that if you are going to be connecting a generator to your home to make up for power…please alert the customer service people to that fact so that our crews will be aware.”

>> See PSO's outage map

Tulsa City-County closings, warming stations

Tulsa County is closing its facilities including the courthouse and headquarters until Friday.

Most City of Tulsa facilities remain open on Thursday, but there may be adjustments due to weather.

  • City Hall will be open tomorrow, with all services to continue/resume normal operations.  
  • Refuse and recycling collections will resume on Monday. Any customer missed will experience a one-week delay in service. If you are missed, you may place a commensurate amount of refuse and recycling next to the cart to be picked up during your next service day. Refuse can be put in bags, but recycling must be placed in a recyclable container, i.e. carboard box or paper sack, or it will not be collected outside of the cart. 
  • Tulsa Parks community centers are closed today and will reopen on Friday.
  • Tulsa Animal Welfare is closed to the public for walk-ins and appointments through Friday. After-hours emergency calls will be handled through the on-call officer who can be reached at (918) 596-8000.
  • Bulky waste will resume collections on Monday. Anyone missed on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week will have their bulky waste collected on their regularly scheduled day next week.
  • The City of Tulsa Mulch Site at 2100 N. 145th E. Ave. will be open during normal hours on Friday.
  • Tulsa Municipal Court will return to business as usual on Friday. Wednesday (2/23) juvenile docket attendance has been deemed voluntary, with all cases for those who chose to stay home now scheduled for March 9, 2022, at their same time and courtroom. Thursday (2/24) attendance for the Municipal Criminal Court has also been deemed voluntary, with cases for those who choose to stay home now scheduled for March 10, 2022, at their same time and courtroom.
  • The Tulsa County Courthouse, HQ and all other facilities remain closed Thursday. When the Courthouse closes or does not open, all cases set for hearing are automatically passed to the next legal weekday that the Courthouse is open. Court Services will continue to operate the 24/7 bond docket.
  • Warming Stations and Safe Housing: Three warming stations are open in Tulsa for individuals and families seeking shelter from the cold.
    • John 3:16 Mission | 506 N. Cheyenne | Open 24/7
    • The Salvation Army Center of Hope | 102 N. Denver Ave. | Open 24/7
    • Tulsa County Emergency Shelter | 2401 Charles Page Blvd. | Open 24/7
      • As of Thursday, Feb. 24, the Emergency Shelter is operational but at capacity and not able to accept additional guests.
  • Highway crews continue to work in shifts to keep bridges, overpasses, and other major roadways as clear and safe as possible.
    • For real-time updates on the roads in your area, or to report an area of concern, call the district barns at:
      • District 1: 918.591.6029
      • District 2: 918.591.6060
      • District 3: 918.282.2511

2 News will keep updating the forecast and sharing information to keep you and your family safe and prepared for winter weather.