6:45 a.m. A tractor-trailer is blocking lanes on Interstate 35, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.
The rig is in southbound Interstate 35 near Shields Boulevard.
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5:30 a.m. Driving is discouraged in southern parts of Oklahoma Wednesday due to slick and hazardous conditions, Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials report.
Crews are reporting icy and snow-packed highways, and they continue to treat roads and bridges statewide ahead of the morning rush hour, according to an ODOT news release.
In western and southwestern Oklahoma, highways and interstates are slick in some spots. Crews continue to report slick and hazardous conditions on Interstate 40 between the Texas state line and the Oklahoma City area.
Highways in southern Oklahoma, including Interstate 35 between the Oklahoma City area and the Texas state line, continue to be slick and hazardous. Crews will be clearing roads throughout the day, ODOT reports.
In eastern Oklahoma, crews have been working through the night to treat roads and are reporting icy conditions on I-40 from Henryetta to about 8 miles west of State Highway 150 and packed snow and ice on I-40 between Checotah and Gore. There are isolated slick spots on I-40 east of Gore to the Arkansas state line.
U.S. 69 is slick and hazardous between Muskogee and Pittsburg County south of Eufaula. Highways south of Okmulgee and Muskogee and west of Keota are snow-packed, with the exception of U.S. 75 south of Okmulgee that has isolated slick spots.
Highways in most of southeastern Oklahoma remain slick, especially roads in the Ouachita Mountains, that are being affected by heavy winds and blowing snow. Crews anticipate they will continue treating and plowing roads through the afternoon.
Highways in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas are mainly clear and crews continue to monitor conditions and are prepared to treat isolated areas as needed. Drivers should still be cautious of slick spots and black ice. Commuters should plan extra travel time this morning and make sure cars are clear of ice before driving, ODOT reports.
Crews will continue to monitor conditions through the morning as freezing conditions are expected to continue. Drivers are asked to be cautious, and highway travel is strongly discouraged. Travelers are urged to check with other states, especially Texas and Arkansas, before driving out-of-state, ODOT reports.
During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists are asked to:
· Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.
· Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
· Allow extra space between vehicles, so there is adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.
· Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.
· Please be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.
An advisory will be sent from this office as conditions change.
To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.