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Some slick and hazardous road conditions in portions of the Oklahoma Panhandle, according to state Transportation Department

by Bryan Painter Published: January 23, 2014
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The state Transportation Department "Road Conditions Update as of 4 p.m.Thursday": Crews in Cimarron County and Texas County in the Oklahoma Panhandle report slick and hazardous conditions at this time due to snow and ice accumulations. Drivers should use caution on bridges and overpasses, and be alert for possible black ice conditions developing tonight.

During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists need to:
·        Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.
·        Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.
·        Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

If drivers must travel out of state, they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.

Out-of-State Road Conditions
Arkansas        800-245-1672
Colorado        303-639-1111
Kansas          866-511-5368

Missouri        800-222-6400
New Mexico      800-432-4269
Texas           800-452-9292

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.
 
Also, as of 2:03 p.m. Thursday, from the National Weather Service, Amarillo, Texas Forecast Office (coverage includes the Oklahoma Panhandle):
“Snow is beginning to taper off, and should continue to do so
through the remainder of the afternoon. However, some light snow or
flurries will still be possible along and northwest of the highway
60 corridor. Only a dusting of additional snow accumulation is
expected for the remainder of the afternoon. Otherwise, cold
conditions with wind chill values as low as 5 degrees below zero can
be expected this afternoon.”
And from the Oklahoma Mesonet, a look at wind chill reading at their weather network locations:

 


by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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