The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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February 20, 2013

Travel being discouraged in Enid, northwest Oklahoma

ENID, Okla. — Law enforcement officials are advising against unnecessary travel, as heavy snowfall in northwest Oklahoma beings to stick to roadways. Chances of snow are at 100 percent today and tonight, according to National Weather Service.  

Cancellations are beginning to come in, with Northwestern Oklahoma State University calling off classes for the day Wednesday, First Baptist Church of Enid and Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma canceling Wednesday activities. Call 548-8140 or email enidnews@enidnews.com to report cancellations. Check facebook.com/enidnews for information, as well. To stay up-to-date on cancellations and news alerts, sign up for texts at enidnews.com.

Enid Police Department Sgt. Justin Hodges said the department already worked two, possibly three, weather-related crashes this morning. No injuries were reported.

“It’s getting bad out here,” Hodges said. “Visibility is down to about a quarter mile at most. Roadways are becoming extremely slick and hazardous.”

He advised motorists to “avoid travel if you can.” He advised those who must travel are advised to do so with caution.

“If you have to get out be sure to have your headlights on, drive slow and pay attention to the people in front of you. Allow for extra distance between vehicles,” Hodges said. “Don’t be taking on the phone. Avoid all distractions and concentrate on driving.”

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said his department has received a few calls this morning concerning cars sliding off into bar ditches and a few traffic control devices being run over.

He said some roads in the county were becoming “slick in spots.”

“Drive defensively, drive under the speed limit,” Niles advised. “Make sure they have a greater distance between the vehicle in front of them. Make sure they have a full tank of gas.”

Oklahoma Highway Patrol is discouraging travel in the area.

Woods, Alfalfa, Grant and Major counties are slick and hazardous, according to Troop J. Garfield, Blaine and Kingfisher counties are slick in spots.

“Winter precipitation continues to fall and conditions are expected to worsen through the day,” according to the Department of Public Safety’s website. “Travel is discouraged.”

Chance of precipitation throughout today is 100 percent in the Enid area, with the National Weather Service forecasting moisture in the form of rain, snow and possibly sleet.

Total daytime accumulation is listed at 1-2 inches for the area, but snow falling since before 6 a.m. already had dumped that much over Enid.

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