Oklahoma highways are starting to become slick in central and western Oklahoma as sleet, ice and rain continues to fall in most of the state.
The state Transportation Department has released the following travel alert:
Drivers should be alert to black ice, downed limbs and power lines on roadways
Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews continue to monitor highways and bridges in several affected areas of the state. Motorists are urged to be very cautious of refreezing and black ice tonight.
Drivers should also remain alert to downed trees and limbs or power lines blocking highways, and never attempt to drive over a power line.
While highways have improved today in central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City metro area, drivers should be aware of black ice developing on bridges as refreezing is occurring as temperatures drop overnight. I-35 from the metro area south to the Texas line remains wet. If travel is necessary, drivers should use extra caution in affected areas, especially on bridges, overpasses and ramps, which freeze before roadways and are likely to refreeze overnight.Highways are wet with some slick areas in western Oklahoma, including the I-40 corridor. Roadways in Blaine and Custer County remain slick. Crews are monitoring conditions in southwestern Oklahoma and in the Panhandle.
To stay updated, drivers should check local weather conditions before traveling and can view interstate and metro area traffic conditions and camera views at www.oktraffic.org and follow @OKDOT on Twitter.
Drivers should stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing trucks and equipment and not attempt to pass.
If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.
Closed Due to Flooding
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.
Atoka County SH-131 is closed three miles west of US-69, near Wardville.
Cherokee CountySH-80 is closed three miles west of Hulbert.
Love County SH-77S is closed at the Lake Murray Spillway.
Pittsburg CountySH-31 is closed west of McAlester.SH-63 is closed between Hartshorne and Blanco.
Out-of-State Road Conditions
Arkansas 800-245-1672 www.idrivearkansas.com
Colorado 303-639-1111 www.cotrip.org
Kansas 866-511-5368 www.511.ksdot.org
Missouri 888-275-6636 www.modot.org
New Mexico 800-432-4269 www.nmroads.com
Texas 800-452-9292 www.drivetexas.org