Ice, downed power poles shutting roads around Oklahoma

At 7:08 a.m., while rain was falling at many locations across the metro, Oklahoma City police was reporting no traffic accidents.

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm •  Published: January 28, 2010

Ice on roadways in southern, central and western parts of the state is causing travel problems, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Authorities are discouraging travel on state highways and interstates.

State Department of Transportation crews report numerous closings on rural highways due to downed trees and power lines. Affected areas are in a band from Harmon County in the far southwest part of the state and continuing northeast through the central part of the state to Lincoln County, a department news release said.

Areas near Altus, Lawton, Duncan, Chickasha, Pauls Valley, Purcell and Stroud are most affected. Also, Texas officials report poor conditions near Stratford, Texas, and have requested highways leading from Guymon and Boise City in the Oklahoma Panhandle be closed.

The state Transportation Department said most of Interstate 40 west of Oklahoma City to the state line is slick and hazardous.

Interstate 35 southbound near Billings is now open. A seven-car accident shut down the road for more than an hour.

Here are some of the highways that have been closed:

- U.S. 62 from Altus to Duke and at the Highway 6 junction have been closed due to power lines, troopers said.

- Northbound U.S. 81 near Duncan at Terry Road and southbound U.S. 81 at Fuller Road have closed as well.

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