Oklahoma storm: ODOT cautions drivers to beware black ice

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 4, 2011 at 8:59 am •  Published: February 4, 2011

With a new round of snow falling across southern parts of the state this morning, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews report black ice is a hazard statewide.

Frigid temperatures overnight caused a refreeze of any melted snow. Highways continue to remain slick and snow-packed in northeastern Oklahoma androadways are snow-packed but passable from central Oklahoma east to the Arkansas state line, ODOT reports.

Two highways remain closed:

U.S. 270 between Calumet and Geary
U.S. 412A, 7 miles east of Locust Grove.
Many drivers have moved abandoned vehicles, which has helped crews in snow removal operations. With the aid of law enforcement, some vehicles have been moved in order to facilitate snow removal. Owners should contact law enforcement with any questions about vehicle recovery, ODOT reports in a news release this morning.

ODOT is running video clips from its road cameras on its website. As with the images used earlier, the 10-second loops are meant to show current roadway conditions and are updated every two minutes. The video clips may be viewed at www.oktraffic.org.

In the next few days, before making travel plans, motorists are asked to: Check road conditions before getting out on the roads. Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

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