ODOT lists road conditions update as of 11 a.m. Jan. 3:
Highways remain slushy, slick in many areas; motorists encouraged to be alert to changing weather conditions throughout the day
Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews report a mix of conditions across the state from snow and slick spots in western Oklahoma to wet highways in eastern Oklahoma.
Highway conditions are improving in the Oklahoma City metro with some areas still slushy, wet and intermittent slick spots, especially on US-81 and US-62. Crews continue to sand and salt highways, with an emphasis in Canadian County where they are clearing snow and slush, especially along I-40.
Tulsa area highways are wet, which means there is a potential for refreezing this afternoon as temperatures drop. Motorists should be alert to changing weather conditions throughout the afternoon heading into the evening rush-hour commute. Drivers are urged to use caution, especially in narrowed work zones.
Crews are reporting slick and hazardous conditions in spots along I-40 between Shawnee and Hydro. Other areas in western Oklahoma with snow impacting highway travel include Harmon, Tillman, Beckham, Washita, Roger Mills and Greer counties. Highways in northwest Oklahoma are slushy and slick from a light snow/sleet mix this morning.
ODOT will continue to monitor and treat areas throughout the afternoon as new slick spots can form rapidly as precipitation continues, especially in southern, central and eastern Oklahoma.
Motorists are encouraged to check driving conditions on www.okroads.org, which features the department's new snow plow cameras. Camera views for the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas are available at www.oktraffic.org. Both websites may be accessed via ODOT's new mobile app for iPhones.
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.
• 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. 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 501-569-2374 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
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