Flood, Freezing Rain Warnings Issued For Counties In Eastern Oklahoma
TULSA COUNTY, Oklahoma - Black Friday shoppers had to bundle up in warm clothes and tote umbrellas as rain and cold temperatures took over the state during the long holiday weekend.
Heavy rain has continued to fall throughout the Tulsa metro area much of the day and flash flooding has been a challenge in some areas. For most of eastern Oklahoma, a flash flood watch is in effect from the National Weather Service through 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. |
The National Weather Service in Tulsa also has issued a flood warning for Mayes, northern Okmulgee, Rogers Ottawa, Nowata, Delaware, Wagoner, Creek, Tulsa and Craig counties. That is effect until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Areas west of Tulsa in Pawnee and Osage County are flirting with freezing temperatures, including some freezing drizzle at times. The National Weather Service of Tulsa said ice accumulations are expected through Friday night west of a line from Pawhuska to Pawnee.
A freezing rain advisory has been issued for northwest Osage County, in effect through Saturday morning also. The NWS has Pawnee County listed under a hazardous weather outlook. Roadways are expected to be slick in western Osage and in Pawnee County during the afternoon and evening hours, NWS says.
The NWS said 4-7 inches of additional rainfall in southeastern Oklahoma is expected throughout the weekend.
"Flooding will worsen in both small stream and larger river basins," NWS said. "Dangerous river rises are expected across portions of far SE OK."
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Watching for standing water on roadways should be a main concern of all drivers across the state.
The temperatures in Tulsa are expected to remain in the mid-30s, and Operation Slick Streets is in effect in Tulsa. Operation Slick Streets means police will not respond to a wreck if there are no injuries. They advise drivers to take pictures of the damage then move cars out of the roadway as quickly as possible.
In addition to the damage, take pictures of the person's license plate, their insurance verification card and even their driver's license. Once you have all the information, go to a QuikTrip and get a collision report. Fill it out and drop it by any police station or mail it in. Or you can go to TulsaPolice.org and complete it online.
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Far west, highways are slick and hazardous in the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma, including the Woodward area, as freezing precipitation continues, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says.
ODOT crews are treating highways and bridges in these areas and travel far west is being discouraged . For about an hour on Friday morning, ODOT closed a portion of Oklahoma 69A about 2 miles north of Miami on the Will Rogers Turnpike due to flooding.
At 11 a.m., ODOT said Oklahoma 31 had been closed west of McAlester due to high water.
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