The Norman Transcript

February 21, 2013

Norman roads clearing, state roads remain hazardous

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman streets are slowly clearing up, but further north in the county caution is still urged.

“Yesterday, we had a total of six accidents, two of those were injury accidents. Today, we had seven accidents, two with injury,” said Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley.

On the south side of the storm, Norman has gotten only a light touch of the wintery weather that blew in this morning. Further north, it’s a different story.

“It looks like we’re probably done here in Norman,” said Matthew Day, National Weather Service Meteorologist. “Northwest Oklahoma is still getting some snow right now.”

Norman has received “about an inch and a half total rain for the storm event,” Day said.

Motorists are urged to take care traveling on state roadways today as interstates in Cleveland, Canadian, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie Counties remain slick and hazardous and continue to deteriorate. According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, these treacherous conditions include the Kilpatrick and Turner Turnpikes.

This morning, portions of the state reported precipitation and freezing temperatures.

In the northeast part of the state, Tulsa and Rogers counties are receiving rain and  sleet. Bridges and overpasses are slick. Okmulgee County is receiving a sleet/rain mix with some icing and  Creek County is receiving sleet and snow, according to ODOT reports.

 All roads including the Turner Turnpike are slick and hazardous. Travel was discouraged this morning and motorists are urged to remain cautious and plan ahead.

Oklahoma City metro crews responded to the quickly changing conditions this morning, salting and sanding all roads, bridges and overpasses and will continue to do so until the storms have passed and roads are clear.

Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and allow extra time to reach destinations. Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment to allow road crews room to maneuver. Crews can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.