Snow-packed roads with high drifts and blowing snow in strong wind gusts are reported in northwest Oklahoma Tuesday, snarling travel and stranding motorists.
All highways in Beaver, Harper, Ellis, and Woodward are closed until further notice, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports.
Whiteout conditions have halted road clearing efforts, according to an ODOT news release early Tuesday. Crews are out in Cimarron, Texas, Woods, Alfalfa and Major counties, and they are reporting slick and hazardous roadways and are treating roads and plowing as needed.
The Oklahoma City metro are is reporting some slick spots. Drivers are cautioned to be extremely careful while traveling in the area.
The following highways are closed Tuesday:
Garfield/Alfalfa Counties: SH-45 is closed between the Garfield county line and SH-8 in Alfalfa County.
Canadian Co: US-270 is closed between Calumet and Geary in Canadian County.
Harper Co: Northbound US-283 is closed between US-64 in Harper County and Englewood, Kansas.
Garfield Co: Northbound US-81 closed north of Waukomis in Garfield County.
Noble Co: SH-15 is closed between US-77 and I-35 in Noble County.
In western Oklahoma, roadways are slick and hazardous, and all highways are closed in Blaine, Beckham, Dewey and Roger Mills counties. Crews are sanding and salting areas and clearing roadways as needed. The low visibility is periodically halting road clearing efforts. Crews will resume as soon as conditions warrant. Travel there is also strongly discouraged at this time.
In north central Oklahoma, roadways are slick and hazardous. Crews are reporting heavy blowing snow in the area and travel is strongly discouraged.
Travel is strongly discouraged in these hardest hit areas as stranded motorists can impede road clearing efforts.
Slick roads have been reported in Tulsa, Craig and Rogers counties. Travel is discouraged in these portions of northeast Oklahoma.
There are 550 trucks available statewide, including 60 in the Oklahoma City metro area and more than 40 in the Tulsa metro area, all of which are ready and prepared for this round of storms. Sand and salt sheds are stocked and crews are ready to respond to conditions.
Additional crews in areas not expected to get much snow are being mobilized to help with efforts in northern, northwestern and western Oklahoma. Other crews statewide are monitoring conditions as the storm moves across the state Tuesday, ODOT reports.