Winter precipitation covered the state Wednesday and was blamed for at least one fatal accident.
Rain, sleet and snow were expected to continue Thursday, with icy conditions forecast mostly in northeast Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service in Norman.
“We had a busy day today,” Lara O'Leary, Emergency Medical Services Authority spokeswoman, said Wednesday. “Thankfully, none of the snow froze on the roads. Tomorrow morning could be really bad, though.”
EMSA ambulance personnel took people to hospitals Wednesday for injuries from falls, traffic accidents and cold exposure, she said.
O'Leary urged people to wear shoes with traction to walk on slick spots, to wear warm clothes and to carry a cellphone in case of a fall or an accident.
A Grady County man was killed about 7:35 a.m. Wednesday when he lost control of his pickup on a slushy road and was hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
Cody Alexander, 18, of Alex, was pinned in the wreckage for about 45 minutes and was pronounced dead at the scene, the patrol reported.
Troopers said Alexander was traveling at an unsafe speed for the road conditions.
Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said 75 workers would be on duty overnight salting roads continuously.
“We have anywhere from 27 to 31 trucks out at any given time,” Yager said. “Timing is everything when it comes to salting the streets. Our crews will be watching the ground temperatures, and as soon as it drops to just above freezing, they will start salting.”
Yager said the city has improved its technology in recent years and can track with precision which roads have gone the longest without being salted.
“We know where our trucks have been, and we know exactly where they have dropped salt,” Yager said. “We can really keep track.”
The city's trucks will salt only designated snow routes. Yager said it is important for motorists to stick to those roads when possible because other city streets won't get attention from city crews.