Oklahoma's winter precipitation expected to continue Thursday

Oklahoma City road crews were to be on duty overnight salting roads continuously to prepare for Thursday morning's drive time.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013
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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.



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