Highway conditions alert as of 5 a.m. Wednesday

Ponca City Now - February 20, 2019 7:29 am

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews in north central and central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro, are treating bridges and overpasses into rush hour and drivers should use caution when approaching the elevated structures this morning; slow down and allow extra travel time.

Temperatures overnight have created some refreezing in areas, causing “black ice,” which looks wet on the road but is actually a thin layer of ice. Crews have been treating these areas overnight.

Crews in northeast Oklahoma and the Tulsa metro are monitoring conditions and drivers should be alert to low visibility conditions due to fog.

In north, northwestern and western Oklahoma, crews continue to plow and treat highways and bridges in Grant, Kay, Grady and Caddo counties while several snow packed and hazardous areas remain in Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Custer and Dewey counties. Drivers having to travel in these areas should take it very slow and allow extra travel time or avoid these areas if possible.

Crews will treat and plow highways, bridges and overpasses around the clock until they are clear. There are plenty of materials on hand for this storm.

Drivers are urged to check weather forecasts, use the ODOT app or visit www.okroads.org to stay up to date on this weather event and road conditions.

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.


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