Ashli Sims, News On 6
PRYOR, Oklahoma -- Parts of Northeastern Oklahoma were remained impassable Wednesday night, after areas that were still thawing out from last week's winter blast get hit with another 20 inches of snow.
A swath of heavy snow 35 miles wide created an icy road block for travelers in Mayes County. Back to back storms left the streets of Pryor a frozen obstacle course.
Cars dodged a center lane of snow. Parking lots sprouted ice bergs ten feet high. And man and machine united to push back against the invasion of white.
"We are sick and tired of it," said Adair resident Danny Headrick.
Danny and his crew have been clearing streets for a week straight. He says this is nothing compared to what he woke up to in Adair.
"There's no way you can see the road from my house, couldn't tell where the road begins and where it ends," Headrick said.
So News On 6 decided to head up to Adair to check out the record setting sequel to the historic snow, only to get stopped in our tracks.
We were on highway 69 between Pryor and Adair when we got stuck behind a line of trucks as long as the eye can see.
Officials tell us a semi-truck jack-knifed on a slick incline, blocking the road. Photojournalist Jeff Popkess and I along with dozens of others were frozen in place, while officials worked to clear the road.
Truck driver Jerry Milligan was marooned just behind us. He was navigating Illinois snows last week, and didn't expect to see similar conditions in Oklahoma.
"I was tickled when they gave me a load going to Texas, cause I thought I was going to get out of that cold weather," Milligan said.
The calvary finally arrived in the form of a road grader. That got us moving, for a while. But when SkyNews6 spotted us an hour later, we were still sandwiched between semis and no closer to our destination.
If this double wallop of winter weather has taught us anything, it's to keep our cool.
"Big deal is people need to have patience... shouldn't be out if you don't have to be," said Kevin Rowe.
It took us about three hours to go nine miles.