Expressways Closed in OKC

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A winter storm packing heavy snow and strong winds has forced law enforcement authorities to close all interstate highways in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Chris West said in an e-mail Thursday that the storm has led to numerous accidents and stranded vehicles are blocking all roadways. Interstates in the Oklahoma City area include I-40, I-35 and I-44.

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill says the H.E. Bailey Turnpike is closed from Newcastle south of Oklahoma City to the Texas state line. The turnpike serves Lawton and includes portions of I-44.

Law enforcement authorities say about 40 vehicles have spun off I-44 north of Lawton earlier Thursday. Oklahoma Highway 7 has been closed east of Lawton because of a 15-car pile-up.

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