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February 5, 2014

More snow: Advisories issued for temps, wind chill

ENID, Okla. — Most of northwest Oklahoma remains under winter weather and wind chill advisories as another snowstorm hits the area.

The winter weather advisory lasts until 4 p.m. today, and the wind chill advisory expires at noon today, according to National Weather Service.

Counties included in the warnings are Garfield, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Roger Mills, Dewey, Custer, Blaine, Kingfisher and Beckham. Cities included in the warnings are Enid, Arnett, Woodward, Fairview, Cheyenne, Taloga, Weatherford, Clinton, Watonga, Kingfisher, Elk City and Sayre.

Alfalfa, Woods, Harper, Grant, Kay and Noble counties are under the wind chill advisory, but not the winter weather advisory.

Snow was expected to develop late Wednesday and then taper off early today. NWS forecast the Enid area to receive 1-2 inches of snow.

The forecast for today calls for a 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon. The high is expected to be 14, but a north wind at 5-10 mph will push wind chill values to minus 14.

The low tonight is expected to be 6, with the wind chill value hitting minus 2.

Slick and hazardous travel was expected to develop late Wednesday night and continue through the late morning hours. Wind chill values were expected to drop into the negative teens late Wednesday night through this morning. Single-digit wind chills are expected this afternoon.

NWS is advising people to dress in layers, leaving no skin exposed to the wind. Frostbite and hypothermia can happen quickly. NWS also encourages those who are able to check on the elderly and sick in your neighborhood to ensure they are staying warm. Pets should be brought inside.     

During snow and/or ice conditions, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation, motorists need to:

• Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.

• Be aware of black ice, which looks wet on the roadway, but actually is 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.

ODOT also offers these winter driving tips:

• Always wear your seat belt.

• In snow or ice, take it slow. If possible, limit travel during the storm.

• Allow ample time to reach your destination.

• Remember, bridges and ramps will be the first to freeze.

• Increase space between you and other vehicles to between three to five car lengths.

• Anticipate the flow of traffic to avoid abrupt actions while steering.

• Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer.

• If your vehicle slides, steer the same direction you are sliding and take your foot off the gas and brake.

• Drive with your lights on even during the day.

• Do not use cruise control while driving on slippery surfaces.

To check current Oklahoma road conditions, call the Department of Public Safety’s road conditions hotline at (888) 425-2385.

Those who must travel out of state are urged to check area road conditions before leaving.

For out-of-state road conditions, call: Arkansas, (800) 245-1672; Colorado, (303) 639-1111; Kansas, (866) 511-5368; Missouri, (800) 222-6400; New Mexico, (800) 432-4269; and Texas, (800) 452-9292.

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