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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma crews are working around the clock to clear highways and have made some progress in clearing lanes in the central and eastern parts of the state, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announced Saturday afternoon.

In northeastern Oklahoma, however, many roads are still snow packed and hazardous.

Crews are being moved from the western part of the state where the blizzard hit first to the parts of the state still in the worst shape.

Slippery roads have been blamed for at least 21 deaths across the nation as the slow-moving storm traverses the country.

Parts of at least 10 states were under blizzard warnings, including a line that stretches from North Dakota to Oklahoma.

Road Condition Hotlines

Oklahoma
888-425-2385

Texas
800-452-9292

Arkansas
800-245-1672

Missouri
800-222-6400

Kansas
800-585-ROAD

Colorado
303-639-1111

Drivers are reminded to stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment, for both their safety and the safety of the operators. During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists are asked to:

  • Be aware that conditions are continually changing; drive cautiously and for the conditions on the roadway.
  • Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.
  • Allow extra space between vehicles, so there is adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.
  • Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
  • Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.
  • Please be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.