Road Conditions Still Treacherous In Panhandle, NW OK


Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 6:57 am
By: News 9


Drivers are still discouraged from traveling in the Panhandle and parts of northwestern Oklahoma as snowplows struggle to clear roads covered by snow, and stranded motorists can hamper road-clearing efforts.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, all highways in the northwestern Oklahoma counties of Beaver, Harper, Ellis, and Woodward are closed until further notice. Crews say the whiteout conditions have been periodically halting road clearing efforts.

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Crews are out in Cimarron, Texas, Woods, Alfalfa and Major counties, and they are reporting slick and hazardous roadways. Crews are treating roads and plowing as needed.

The following highways are now closed as of Tuesday morning:

  • Garfield/Alfalfa Counties: SH-45 is closed between the Garfield county line and SH-8 in Alfalfa County.
  • Canadian Co: US-270 is closed between Calumet and Geary in Canadian County.
  • Harper Co: Northbound US-283 is closed between US-64 in Harper County and Englewood, Kansas.
  • Garfield Co: Northbound US-81 closed north of Waukomis in Garfield County.
  • Noble Co: SH-15 is closed between US-77 and I-35 in Noble County.

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ODOT says roadways are still slick and hazardous in western Oklahoma. All highways are closed in Blaine, Beckham, Dewey and Roger Mills counties. Crews are sanding and salting areas and clearing roadways when they can, but blowing snow is affecting visibility and sometimes stopping road clearing efforts.

In north central Oklahoma, roadways are slick and hazardous. Crews are reporting heavy blowing snow in the area and travel is strongly discouraged.

I-40 is closed from the Texas/Oklahoma state line west to Albuquerque, New Mexico due to heavy snow and blizzard conditions. The Kansas Department of Transportation requested that US-283 be closed at US-64 due to equipment blocking the roadway in Kansas.

As for the Oklahoma City metro, crews are wet and there are a few slick spots, but the roadways are clear.

To check on road conditions:

Oklahoma 888-425-2385

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