Winter, Severe Weather Causes Flooding And Road Closures In OK

Sunday, December 27th 2015, 7:11 am
By: News 9

Highways in central and western Oklahoma are slick and hazardous and conditions are expected to worsen in the overnight hours with additional precipitation and falling temperatures. Drivers are urged to consider changing any unnecessary travel plans and to closely monitor weather conditions ahead.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue salt and sand operations from the Texas and Kansas borders in western Oklahoma towards central Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City metro is reporting rain at this time but temperatures could cause conditions to quickly deteriorate to icy and hazardous Sunday night. Caution should be used on bridges and overpasses.

I-35 north of Oklahoma City and I-40 west of Oklahoma City are also very slick and considered hazardous. US-412 is closed near Boise City in Major County due to icy conditions. Texas DOT officials continue to have I-40 closed west of Amarillo in Texas. Eastern Oklahoma is reporting wet conditions at this time, including the Tulsa metro.

If travel is unavoidable, drivers should check local weather conditions before traveling and allow extra time.

 • 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 to provide adequate distance for braking.

• Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.

• Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations. 

The City of Yukon also reported a road closure at Wagner from Highway 4 to 11th Street. The city spokeswoman said a power pole was on fire and the wires were almost on the ground.

The City of Yukon also canceled Christmas in the Park due to the inclement weather.

Closed Due To High Water:

The following highways are closed due to high water. Updates will be issued as conditions change. Do NOT drive into high water. Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and to not drive around barricades.

Tulsa Metro

The inside lane of westbound SH-51 at Garnet Rd. is now open

SH-20 between Peoria Ave. and SH-11 is closed

SH-11 between SH-20 and 126th St. N. is closed

SH-11 between 76th St. N. and 86th St. N. is closed

Atoka County

SH-131 about four miles west of US-69 is closed 

Bryan County

SH-48 at the Blue River bridge north of Durant is closed

Cherokee County

SH-10 between US-62 and US-412 is closed

SH-80 about three miles west of Hulbert is closed

US-62 three miles east of SH-51 is closed

Coal County

US-75 at Coal Creek 2 miles north of Atoka is closed

SH-31B near Olney is reduced and flaggers are directing traffic

SH-3 one mile south of Lehigh is closed

Delaware County

SH-127 about 3 miles north of US-59 is closed 

Haskell County

SH-31 between SH-2 and SH-82 is closed 

Hughes County 

US-270 at SH-31/SH-31A is now open

US-75 about 12 miles south of Calvin is now open 

Johnston County

SH-22 at Butcher Pen Creek is closed

SH-78 at the SH-22 junction near Nida is closed

Latimer County 

SH-1 between US-270 and SH-2 is closed

Mayes County

SH-20 south of Spavinaw is closed

Muskogee County

US-62B (Main St.) just south of US-62/SH-16 is now open

SH-10 about two miles east of US-62 is now open

Okmulgee County

US-62 just east of Morris is closed

SH-266 just west of SH-52 is closed

US-75A just north of Beggs is closed

Ottawa County

SH-69A between E. 80 Rd. and E 90 Rd in Miami. is now open

Pittsburg County

SH-31 west of McAlester is closed 

SH-63 between Haileyville and Blanco is closed

US-270 from just west of the Indian Nation Turnpike to Arpelar is closed


Pushmataha County

SH-144 about eight miles east of US-271 is closed 

US-271 between Tushkahoma and Albion is closed

Wagoner County

SH-16 about three miles south of Wagoner is closed

SH-10 at US-62 near Ft. Gibson is closed

If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.

Oklahoma Road Conditions Hotline

844-465-4997 (844-4OK-HWYS)

Out-of-State Road Conditions
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