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Wintry weather impacting driving conditions

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 09:25:12-05

TULSA, Okla. — The 2 Works for You weather team is tracking winter weather across Green Country.

READ MORE: Snow showers in Green Country

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports highways and interstates across western and central Oklahoma are snow covered and slick. Driving conditions are hazardous and travel is highly discouraged.

In northeast and eastern Oklahoma, crews are monitoring conditions as a wintery mix falls, and treating as needed. Conditions are being closely monitored with crews on standby in other areas of the state.

If travel is necessary during this winter storm, drivers should allow additional travel time, increase following distances and slow down significantly. If traveling, stay at least 200 feet back from road clearing operations.

In areas where snow is not covering the highways, roadways which appear wet may actually have a thin coat of ice, and this "black ice" tends to rapidly develop on bridges and overpasses first.

REMEMBER during snowy and icy conditions, motorists are asked to:

  • 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 [okroads.org] or follow ODOT on Twitter @OKDOT

For turnpike information, call the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.

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