The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 4, 2014

Snow to continue to fall today; schools closed; roads hazardous

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, OK — Snowfall overnight Monday and into Tuesday prompted northwest Oklahoma schools to cancel classes for the day and officials to warn motorists for hazardous road conditions.

A winter storm warning issued for northern Oklahoma forecasts 5 to 10 inches of snowfall in the area.

The Naitonal Weather Service warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Tuesday until 6 p.m. Tuesday for areas in northern Oklahoma including Enid, Alva, Arnett, Woodward, Cherokee, Medford, Perry and Ponca City.

Snowfall in northwest Oklahoma began late Monday evening and after midnight in the immediate Enid area.

Snow is expected to continue throughout the day Tuesday, with periods of light and heavy precipitation. Total accumlation of 3-8 inches is possible, with the higher amounts expected just north of Enid. Today's high is forecast to reach into the upper 20s, according to NWS.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation is reporting roadways in northwest Oklahoma are slick and hazardous. Travel is discouraged.

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This storm is one of several expected to hit the state over the coming week.

The National Weather Service is also advising against travel, if possible.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were working an accident on U.S. 412 at the U.S. 177 exit involving an overturned diesel tanker. The wreck closed the road at 4:59 a.m. just east of the toll booth.

Traffic was being diverted at the U.S. 177 exit southbound to U.S. 64 then eastbound to U.S. 412 to regain access to the Cimarron Turnpike

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews in southern and eastern parts of the state reported slick and hazardous roads Monday morning. The department was discouraging travel in those areas.

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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.

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, street 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.

Out-of-state road conditions:

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• New Mexico          (800) 432-4269

• Texas                    (800) 452-9292

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Enid News & Eagle news staff contributed to this report.