WINTER WEATHER: 1-6-17 – 4 p.m.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue to treat highways and bridges throughout the state. Drivers are advised to avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, drivers should be alert to slick spots, snow-packed roadways and black ice as falling temperatures may cause refreezing this evening. Black ice is particularly dangerous because it is hard to see.

Drivers are urged to use caution, especially on bridges, overpasses and when entering or exiting highways. Drivers should also stay at least 200 ft. behind road clearing trucks and equipment.

Highways in central and southeastern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City metro area remain wet and slick in spots, especially on bridges. Clearing operations are ongoing in the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma where highways are slick and snow-packed in areas.

Motorist should allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations. To stay updated, drivers should check local weather conditions before traveling.

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

• Stay at least 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.

NOTE: Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call

ODOT's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 844-465-4997

or go to www.okroads.org. For turnpike information, call the

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.

If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.

Out-of-State Road Conditions

Arkansas 800-245-1672 www.idrivearkansas.com

Colorado 303-639-1111 www.cotrip.org

Kansas 866-511-5368 511.ksdot.org

Missouri 888-275-6636 www.modot.org

New Mexico 800-432-4269 www.nmroads.com

Texas 800-452-9292 www.drivetexas.org