WINTER WEATHER: Highway Conditions Alert 2-18-21 as of 5 a.m.
From the Oklahoma Department of Transportation
Drivers should remain aware of and vigilant for isolated slick areas on highways during their morning commute. Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews in central and eastern Oklahoma worked overnight plowing and treating these areas as needed and will continue to do so.
Most thoroughfares have the driving lanes cleared. Motorists should not become complacent on these stretches as intermittent slick patches are still present. Crews in south-central Oklahoma report that interstate on- and off-ramps might be snow packed on these highways as well. Drivers are asked to remain aware and drive for conditions.
Due to continued extremely low temperatures, dangerous and life-threatening situations could occur should drivers become stranded in this winter weather event.
Plowing operations continue in south-central Oklahoma, in eastern Oklahoma including the Tulsa metro and in areas of south-eastern Oklahoma. Isolated slick conditions are reported in these areas. ODOT crews will continue removal operations and treat with salt and sand until all lanes are clear, which will take time. Drivers are reminded to give highway crews plenty of room to maneuver and staying at least 200 feet behind those vehicles.
Drivers should be alert to black ice conditions, which are a thin layer of moisture on roadways which can quickly turn to ice, especially as temperatures remain well below freezing.
Highways in western and north-central Oklahoma have improved, however some isolated slick areas and slush remain. Clear conditions are reported in the Panhandle.
Current highway and interstate conditions can be viewed with an interactive map at https://www.okroads.org and also on the Drive Oklahoma mobile app.
REMEMBER during snowy and icy conditions, if travel is absolutely necessary, drivers should:
- Stay about 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
- Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.
- Be patient and allow extra time in reaching destinations.
To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call
ODOT's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 844-4OK-HWYS (844-465-4997)
or go to www.okroads.org or follow ODOT on Twitter @OKDOT
For turnpike information, call the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.
If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.
Out-of-State Road Conditions
Arkansas 501-569-2374 www.idrivearkansas.com
Colorado 303-639-1111 www.cotrip.org
Kansas 866-511-5368 www.Kandrive.org
Missouri 888-275-6637 www.modot.org
New Mexico 800-432-4269 www.nmroads.com
Texas 800-452-9292 www.drivetexas.org