Highway Conditions Alert 2-15-21 as of 8 p.m.
Mike Seals - February 15, 2021 10:17 pm
While many Oklahoma highways are now dry and clear in sections, slick spots persist across the state with the potential for remaining wet areas to refreeze in the overnight hours.
Dangerous and life-threatening situations could occur should drivers become stranded in the storm. Travel remains highly discouraged at this time.
Those who must travel are reminded that many slick spots will be hard to see overnight. Because many highways are dry in long sections, these slick spots are more likely to catch motorists unaware. Slowing down, driving defensively and continuing to use extra caution will be the best ways to prevent potential problems overnight.
In addition, motorists should plan ahead and anticipate the need to potentially delay travel in the early morning hours Tuesday as slick spots are expected to persist while temperatures remain at record-breaking lows.
Slick spots and snow-packed areas are reported in both the Tulsa metro and Oklahoma City metro areas in spite of significant clearing progress made Monday afternoon. Crews continue to plow loose snow off roadways, bridges and ramps in both metro areas.
Corridors such as US-69, US-75, I-40, I-44 and I-35 are all slick in spots and crews will continue to closely monitor these areas overnight. The I-35 southern corridor, in particular, will be prone to wet areas refreezing overnight and conditions could quickly deteriorate.
Crews continue to monitor conditions statewide overnight and staggered shifts through the afternoon into the evening to help prepare for the next round of snowfall expected in the state Tuesday.
Current highway and interstate conditions can be viewed with an interactive map at https://www.okroads.org and also on the Drive Oklahoma mobile app.
REMEMBER during snowy and icy conditions, if travel is absolutely necessary, 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 patient and allow extra time in reaching destinations.
Next update will be at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.