Winter Road Conditions Continue To Plague Northeastern Oklahoma Drivers

Sunday, March 2nd 2014, 11:25 pm
By: News On 6

The big question everyone wants to know is: "How will the roads be on my Monday morning commute?"

As the snow keeps falling, a layer of ice is thickening and keeping roads slick and treacherous for drivers.

Tulsa roads were solid white at 10 p.m. on Sunday.

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According to News On 6 meteorologist Travis Meyer, once the wintry precipitation ends in the late hours, skies will start to clear, but the wind chill will take a dive on Monday, which will keep the ice around for a while longer.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says most roads in northeastern Oklahoma are slick and hazardous, and is discouraging all unnessary travel.

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"Road conditions are just going to worsen because of what's going on," City of Owasso's Tim Doyle said.

As soon as drivers carved out lanes Sunday afternoon, more precipitation covered their tracks.

That's causing slips and slides, resulting in several accidents across Green County. There were 35 wrecks for EMSA responders alone.

"The roads will continue to get slick so I would just recommend people stay home," Doyle said.

Flurries mean low visibility while the sleet is stacking onto the ice already on the roads.

Truck drivers caught in the middle of the storm are anxiously waiting it out.

"So many cars in a ditch," truck driver Balgit Singh said. "Trucks are in a ditch, so you just don't want to take a chance, you know?"

Others also are playing it safe.

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"I'm taking my 34-hour break and I'll be back out on the road Tuesday morning," truck driver Glen Rouse said.

In the meantime, crews in Owasso are making snow fly, clearing highways and side roads where drivers are moving with caution.

"Fortunately people have been heeding the message and are staying home," he said.

The ODOT is putting a mixture of salt and sand on the roads to help ease the slipping and sliding.

Hopefully that will be of some relief come Monday morning.