Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Parts Of Northeast Oklahoma

Friday, November 22nd 2013, 5:01 pm
By: News On 6

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. for several northeastern Oklahoma counties. The National Weather Service has issued the advisory for Craig, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner and other counties.

See a full list of counties under a Winter Weather Advisory

Temperatures in the Tulsa area are hovering about the freezing mark. Depending on your exact location, there may be some freezing rain and sleet in the mix.

Watch out for ice on elevated areas including bridges and overpasses.

Freezing temperatures are mostly west of U.S. Highway 75, according to WARN Team meteorologist Dick Faurot. Most of the wintry precipitation has fallen in Western and Central Oklahoma.

Hundreds of City of Tulsa workers are on standby in case the weather gets severe and our roads need clearing.

The city has 170 workers ready to clear more than 1,700 lane miles. They have more than a hundred vehicles at their disposal, ranging from snow plows, motor graders and salt spreaders.

And city leaders are confident they'll have enough salt to go around.

"As a result of the mild winter that we've had in the last few years, we've also accumulated a very significant amount of road salt," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

The city estimates they have more than 14,000 tons of salt ready to clear our roads.

Tulsa County has 100 workers ready to clear 750 miles of roads and more than 200 bridges.

"Operation Slick Streets" is in effect in Tulsa. That means if you have a non-injury accident, you can file your own collision report instead of calling police.

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State road crews are also ready when snow or ice starts to fall.

We spotted ODOT trucks parked along I-44 Friday morning, ready to put down sand, if need be.

Oklahoma City also has been colder than Green Country and has freezing rain and sleet. Drivers across Oklahoma City and in surrounding areas are encouraged to prepare themselves for slick roads on Friday.

News 9 Meteorologist Nick Bender says the ice threat is increasing for Interstate 44 corridor and Oklahoma City now through Friday evening. 

The precipitation should be ending in northeastern Oklahoma at about the midnight hour and is not expected to be a factor in the morning.

Sunday brings another chance of winter weather - that time with the possibility of light snow.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation said they have crews treating highways and interstates and say slick areas are developing, especially on bridges and overpasses. They offer the following tips:

  • Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Current Road Conditions: 888-425-2385.