Local & Regional
9:12 am
Tue December 8, 2009

Winter Weather UpDate

Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews across the state are monitoring road conditions in areas where there is moisture and precipitation and treating roads as necessary. All roads remain open at this time.

Crews have been sanding and salting primarily bridges and overpasses, which tend to freeze first.

Early this morning, crews began sanding/salting in the central portion of the state, including the Oklahoma City metro area, as moisture moved across Oklahoma.

Drivers are reminded to stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment, for both their safety and the safety of the operators. During snow and ice conditions, motorists are asked to:
Be aware that conditions are continually changing; drive cautiously and for the conditions on the roadway.
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.
Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
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.

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385. Please give this number to the public for the latest road condition information.

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