ENID, OK —
Enid has received over 3 inches of snowfall as a winter storm passes through northwest Oklahoma.
Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg said as of 10 a.m. Enid had received an average of 3.5 inches of snowfall.
“I think we’re OK,” Honigsberg said. “This isn’t the end-of-the-world thing the TV stations were talking about.”
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that remains in effect until 6 p.m.
Honigsberg said the snowstorm will continue into the afternoon.
“We’ve got another wave here ...” he said. “Once that ends we’ll probably be looking at 4 inches, maybe 5, when it’s all said and done.”
The snowfall has been light, but constant, with little wind.
“This is a good way to get a snow,” Honigsberg said. “I’m just glad we didn’t get 50 mph winds.”
Enid Police Department Capt. Jack Morris said police have responded to three calls of motorist sliding off the road due to the snow but have not had any reports of collisions.
He said police were advising against any unnecessary travel.
“The roads are slick out there and it’s still snowing,” Morris said.
Enid police were working two major accidents as of 11:30 a.m., one with injury and a rollover on South Van Buren.
Sheriff Jerry Niles said his office has not received any reports of accidents this morning.
“As long as you take your time, turn on your headlights, clear all the snow off all the glass on your vehicle, headlights and taillight housing you’ll be OK,” he said. “We haven’t had that many calls for people in ditches, just a couple so far this morning.”
Oklahoma Department of Transportation is reporting roadways in northwest Oklahoma are slick and hazardous. Travel is discouraged.
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:
• 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
Enid News & Eagle news staff contributed to this report.