Winter Weather Blog: Road Conditions & Updates

By: News 12 Digital Team Email
By: News 12 Digital Team Email

5:30 AM: Road Conditions Update 3-4-14 – 5:30 a.m.

While Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews are reporting clear roads across much of the state, drivers should still use caution as there will be slick spots due to overnight refreezing. Crews will continue to treat isolated areas as needed.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas are have clear roads with the exception of some isolated slick spots. Drivers should use caution especially on bridges and overpasses.

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

Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.

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
Oklahoma 888-425-2385
Texas 800-452-9292

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

7:02 PM: Interstate traffic moving slowly in wake of storm

DALLAS (AP) - The Texas Department of Public Safety says interstate traffic in North and East Texas is moving slowly after sections were closed because of multiple accidents caused by icy conditions.

DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Monday the concern is the interstates refreezing as temperatures in North Texas are expected to fall into the 20s overnight.

Traffic on Interstate 45 south of Dallas on Sunday night and into Monday was at a virtual standstill for hours as accidents and tractor-trailers unable to climb steep grades blocked other vehicles.

Haschel says the backup on northbound lanes extended for at least 15 miles.

Motorists on Interstate 20 in East Texas also were stuck for hours.

The hazardous driving could extend to the Austin and Houston areas as winter weather advisories have been issued from Monday evening into Tuesday.

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6:24 PM: Some Okla. roads remain slick after winter storm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says roads in some areas of the state remain slick and hazardous following a winter storm that hit the state and are warning of roadways refreezing.

The National Weather Service has forecast Monday night lows across the state to be mostly from the single digits to the teens.

O-DOT reports slick and hazardous roads in Cherokee and Adair counties in northeastern Oklahoma and in Le Flore, Pittsburg and Bryan counties in southeastern Oklahoma - although sunshine on Monday did help clear the wintry precipitation from some of the major roadways in the state.

O-DOT says the possibility of refreezing is highest on bridges and overpasses during the night Monday and into Tuesday morning.

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4:25PM: Road Conditions Update 3-3-14 – 4 p.m.

Road conditions for Oklahoma highways and interstates have improved this afternoon. Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews are pleased to report clear roadways over much of the state. The sunshine has helped greatly causing some melting, aiding ODOT's clearing efforts.

Plowing continues in east-central Oklahoma and crews are reporting slick and hazardous conditions in Cherokee and Adair counties. In southeastern Oklahoma, slick and hazardous conditions are also reported in LeFlore, Pittsburg and Bryan counties. Northeastern Oklahoma crews report slick spots. ODOT crews continue to work to clear all lanes of highways and interstates.

Drivers statewide are asked to be cautious of the possibility of refreezing especially on bridges and overpasses as temperatures are expected to drop in the evening and overnight hours.

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

Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.

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
Oklahoma 888-425-2385
Texas 800-452-9292

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

4:10PM: Conservation Alert extended through Tuesday morning

AUSTIN, TX, March 3, 2014, 1 p.m. – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to continue limiting their electric use as much as possible through 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, as late winter weather conditions continue.

“We were able to maintain grid reliability without an energy emergency this morning, and we appreciate this help from consumers,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. “With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow.”

ERCOT issued a Conservation Alert Sunday evening to encourage consumers to limit their electric use Monday morning, when peak demand reached 54,549 megawatts and all available generation was being used to ensure the system remained reliable. High demand due to the very cold temperatures and windy conditions is expected to continue through at least Tuesday morning, and generation supplies remain limited.

Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand Monday morning:
Keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.
Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
Avoid running large appliances, such as washers, dryers and electric ovens, especially during peak demand hours of 6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

“We have asked all available generation units to remain available, but we believe conservation by consumers also will be necessary to help maintain reliability during this cold March weather,” said Woodfin.

11:40AM: From Grayson County OEM...

Traffic impacts to US75 and US82 -- as well as all other roads in the county -- continue as accidents occur. Please use extreme caution if you must get out. The sun is out but the roads are still hazardous and icy.

11:30AM: Semi sliding off US75 at FM691 in Denison. Photo courtesy of viewers Tom and Sherry Wilthers

11:00AM: Latest road report from ODOT:

Road Conditions Update 3-3-14 – 11 a.m.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews report road conditions throughout the state on highways and interstates as slick with snow packed areas. Unnecessary travel is discouraged. Highway crews are plowing snow packed areas and applying sand/salt to bridges and roadways. ODOT crews are out in full force and will continue to work to clear all lanes of highways and interstates.

If people must travel, we urge drivers to be alert for snow packed areas and take it slow. Keep extra distance between vehicles and be cautious traveling the on- and off-ramps.

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

10:30AM: OG&E now reporting power restored to all Ardmore customers

8:00 AM: Just in - OG&E is now reporting over 2,700 customers are without power in Ardmore

6:00 AM: Road Conditions Update 3-3-14 – 5:30 a.m.

Due to refreezing and additional snow and sleet overnight, roads and bridges remain slick and hazardous throughout northern, central, southern, southeastern, eastern and northeastern Oklahoma. Crews are plowing snow and sleet accumulations and applying sand/salt to bridges and roadways. Travel is highly discouraged this morning, but if motorists are out on the roads they need to remain cautious of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Roads in western and northwestern Oklahoma are slick in spots with blowing snow causing visibility issues in some areas. Drivers in these areas are advised to remain cautious of black ice.

Drivers across the state are encouraged to use caution through the morning rush hour. ODOT crews are out in full force and will continue to apply materials to roads and bridges and plow accumulations throughout this morning.

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

Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.

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
Oklahoma 888-425-2385
Texas 800-452-9292

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

4:42AM: He is a look at the latest road conditions in Texoma north of the Red River from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

TROOP D- Okfuskee, Seminole, Hughes, Pittsburg, Latimer and Leflore counties the roadways are slick and hazardous. Watch for slick spots on Bridges and Overpasses. Use caution. 03-02-14 1600 SDB

TROOP E- ROADWAYS IN ALL COUNTIES SLEET AND SNOW COVERED. TEMPERATURES 12 TO 24 DEGREES AND FALLING. MOST PRECIPITATION HAS ENDED. 03/03/14 2100 HRS JAH

TROOP F- All roadways in Carter, Love, Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Johnston and Marshall counties are slick and hazardous. This includes Interstate 35 from the OK/TX state line to mile marker 81.6. Motorists are urged to stay off the roadways. If travel is necessary, use caution. Drive slowly and allow sufficient distance for safe stopping. 03/03/14 0301 RL

TROOP G- Roads in Troop G: Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Stephens, and Jefferson counties, including the H.E. Bailey Turnpike, are still slick and hazardous. Travel is discouraged - BRJ 00:30 03/03/2014.

7:30 PM: Road Conditions Update 3-2-14 – 7:30 p.m.

Following additional waves of snow and sleet, ODOT crews throughout northern, central, southern, eastern and northeastern Oklahoma are plowing snow and sleet accumulations and applying sand/salt to bridges and roadways. Highways remain slick and hazardous in these areas and travel is highly discouraged tonight and into the early morning hours as refreezing is anticipated overnight.

Roads in western and northwestern Oklahoma are slick in spots with blowing snow causing visibility issues in some areas. The winter precipitation has ended in these areas, but drivers are advised to remain cautious of black ice and refreezing on roadways and bridges.

Drivers across the state are encouraged to use caution overnight and through tomorrow morning. ODOT crews are out in full force and will continue to apply materials to roads and bridges and plow accumulations as needed tonight and into the early morning hours tomorrow.

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

Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.

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
Oklahoma 888-425-2385
Texas 800-452-9292

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

7:00 PM: Click Here for a map of Texas road conditions

Click Here for Oklahoma road conditions

5:30 PM: OG&E is reporting 593 customers are without power in Durant

4:10 PM: TROOP F- All roadways in the Troop F area are slick in spots. Use caution especially over bridges and overpasses. 03/02/14 1410 JS

TROOP G- Roads in Troop G: Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Stephens, and Jefferson counties, including I-44 H.E. Bailey Turnpike are still slick and hazardous with varying thickness of ice. Travel is discouraged. 03-02-14 14:54 HRS JK

4:01 PM: Road Conditions Update 3-2-14 – 3 p.m.

Due to additional rounds of heavy sleet and light
snow in northern, central, southern and northeastern Oklahoma, travel continues to be highly discouraged as road conditions
are slick and hazardous. Crews are applying sand and salt to roads and bridges and plowing areas of sleet and snow accumulation.
Roads in western and northwestern Oklahoma are slick in spots as sleet and winter precipitation continues in these areas.
Drivers across the state are encouraged to use caution throughout this evening and into the overnight hours as refreezing and black ic
e conditions are anticipated. ODOT crews are out in full force and will continue to apply materials to roads and bridges and plow
accumulations as needed this evening and into the early morning hours tomorrow..

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
To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in
Oklahoma, call the Department of
Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

4:00 PM: Choctaw County Sheriff's Office reports several accidents, including rollovers, no injuries. They are asking people to drive with extreme caution, go slow and if you see an accident, call dispatch or OHP. Do not stop because your vehicle can become stuck as well.

3:50 PM: A TXDOT spokesperson tells us they're focusing most of their attention on 82 and 75. Grayson County Emergency Management and TXDOT both ask that if you see a TXDOT crew out treating a roadway, give them plenty of space, keep a good distance between your vehicle and theirs. More at 5:30!

3:00 PM: Schools beginning to report closings and delays for Monday. To check the lastest click here

2:50 PM: OG&E reports all power has been restored to the town of Byng, OK

2:30PM: A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for the following Oklahoma counties: ATOKA, BRYAN, CARTER, COAL, JOHNSTON, LOVE, MARSHALL, MURRAY, PONTOTOC

1:00 PM: March 2nd 2014 1:00 PM
UPDATE …

Temps range from 16 degrees in Ada …21 Sherman …up to 27 Degrees in Paris. At this time All Texoma is at or below 28 degrees. This means any Drizzle, Rain or Sleet will Freeze on contact to Texoma roads.

Right now Bands of Thunderstorms containing Freezing Rain and Sleet are now moving Northeast across Texoma. Throughout the day freezing rain and sleet will be the heaviest between Noon and 7pm. Expect most Texoma roads to become ICY Slick and Hazardous.

We welcome your reports and pictures via email at weather@kxii.com or news12@kxii.com .

An ICE STORM WARNING will be in Effect for …Choctaw and Pushmataha Counties from 6am until 6pm Sunday … afternoon ICE accumulations up to ½” inch are possible.

A WINTER STORM WARNING will be in Effect for …Grayson, Fannin and Lamar Counties from Noon until 9pm Sunday … afternoon ICE accumulations up to ¼” inch and Sleet accumulations up 1” inch are possible.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will be in Effect for …All Texoma Counties until 9pm Sunday … ICE accumulations up to 1/10th” inch are possible.

Today … temperatures will hover in 20s, cold enough for Bridges, Overpasses and some Roads Ice up and become hazardous. With gusty North winds 20-30 mph any Ice on Trees and Powers lines could cause power Outages. And if that is not enough … Wind Chills will be in the Single Digits and Teens.

Overnight into Monday … Skies Clear and Temps bottom out near 12 degrees with winds Chills near Zero.

Monday …we are Partly Cloudy and Very Cold as afternoon Highs struggle to reach 32 degrees. North-Northeast winds 15-25 mph will again make it Feel-Like the Teens.

Tuesday and Wednesday … after a morning Lows near 24 we will finally warm above freezing to afternoon Highs near 46.

Wednesday night … we have a slight chance of light rain.

Thursday and Friday … we remain above freezing with morning Lows in the 30s to near 40, Mostly Sunny to Partly Cloudy skies and Highs in the upper 50s and 60s.

11:23 PM: TROOP E- Roadways are accumulating ice. Bridges and Overpasses freeze first. Use Caution if traveling. 03/02/14 1123hrs kh

TROOP F- All roadways in the Troop F area are slick in spots. Use caution especially over bridges and overpasses. 03/02/14 1000 JS

TROOP G- Roads in Troop G: Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Stephens, and Jefferson counties, including I-44 H.E. Bailey Turnpike are still slick and hazardous with varying thickness of ice. Most areas are now receiving light to moderate snow. Travel is discouraged. 03-02-14 08:20 af

10:30AM: ODOT

Road Conditions Update 3-2-14 – 10:30 a.m.

Road conditions throughout most of Oklahoma continue to be slick and hazardous and travel is strongly discouraged. Crews in eastern, northeastern, and central Oklahoma, including the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Metro areas continue to apply sand and salt to roadways and bridges and are reporting slick and hazardous conditions. Wrecks throughout the Oklahoma City metro area have caused several short term lane closures this morning, but all highways and interstates remain open at this time.

Conditions in southern Oklahoma are also slick and hazardous as sleet and winter precipitation continues in the area. Conditions have improved in far northern Oklahoma, but slick spots remain and are being treated with additional sand/salt.
Drivers across the state are encouraged to use caution this morning and throughout the day and be aware of black ice.

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

Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.

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
Oklahoma 888-425-2385
Texas 800-452-9292

To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS, call the Department of Public Safety's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 888-425-2385.

MESSEGE FROM GRAYSON COUNTY OEM -- We have been advised that TxDOT is sending additional equipment and a crew from Greenville to assist here. We anticipate precipitation to clear our area by 4PM-ish, but overnight freezing temperatures will result in continued hazardous road conditions across the county through tomorrow morning.


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