A winter storm warning remains in effect for several Oklahoma counties as 2014's second round of winter storm moves across the northern part of the state Tuesday morning.
Winter Storm Warning
According to the National Weather Service in Norman, a winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. for several counties, including Noble, Woodward, Woods, counties, and more.
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Oklahoma County, as well as a few other counties including Cleveland, Beckham, Canadian counties and more, is under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m.
Meteorologists say widespread snow accumulations of four to six inches are expected by Tuesday afternoon across northern and parts of central Oklahoma, generally north of Interstate 40. Even higher totals ranging from six to ten inches will be possible over far northern Oklahoma around Alva, Fairview, Cherokee, Enid, and Ponca City.
Authorities say roads will become slick and hazardous in the affected areas. The snow will be heavy at times across northern Oklahoma, which will cause road conditions to deteriorate quickly. Drivers are urged to take precautions.
As of 10:40 a.m., EMSA paramedics have responded to 29 injury accidents in the metro area.
Lt. Brian Orr with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol spoke with News 9 This Morning. He urges drivers to be cautious on bridges as they can be slick. Orr says as of 6:30 a.m., metro interstates are just wet, not hazardous. However, troopers have responded to several accidents in the southwest side of the city near Airport Road.
Oklahoma City police officers also responded to several accidents across the metro area. At 7: 30 a.m., officers say they are responding to all accidents.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has issued a warning asking motorists to use extreme caution while driving during Tuesday's winter weather. Freezing rain and sleet are falling in northeastern and central Oklahoma, and conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly, according to Captain George Brown with the OHP.
News 9 Storm Tracker Marty Logan is in Mooreland in northwestern Oklahoma Tuesday morning. He said the roads there are snow-packed and hazardous.
Storm Tracker Hank Brown is in the Oklahoma City metro area. He said drivers should be careful on bridges. The roads are mainly just wet.
News 9 reporter Heather Hope reported seeing a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of W. Memorial and Walker. No one was injured.
As of 11 a.m., crews in the panhandle, northwest, central and far northeast continue to treat and plow snow packed roads which are slick and hazardous. Travel in these areas is discouraged. If it is unavoidable allow plenty of extra travel time and call ahead to a destination. In the southwest, crews are reporting slushy, light snow which is causing slick spots in some areas and on bridges and overpasses.
The Oklahoma City metro is experiencing very light precipitation and crews have been out plowing and treating all roads, bridges and overpasses which are considered slick. Drivers are strongly encouraged to slow down and allow plenty of travel time.
The Tulsa metro is reporting slush on roadways causing some slick spots.
During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists need to:
• Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.
• Be aware of "black ice," which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.
• Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
If drivers must travel out of state, they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.
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The Oklahoma City Public Schools canceled classes and activities on Tuesday due to inclement weather.
Several other school districts have also canceled classes, including Deer Creek – Lamont, Enid, Guthrie, Kingfisher, Western Heights, and Woodward school districts.
The University of Oklahoma's campus in Norman and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater are still open as scheduled at Tuesday. Students and faculty members are urged to take caution.
The University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Community College will be open at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
OG&E crews responded to power outages in the Oklahoma City metro area Tuesday morning.
According to OG&E, 333 customers in the metro area, including 174 in Oklahoma City, 93 in Norman, and 66 in Moore, were without power at about 6:50 a.m.
Power was restored to south Oklahoma City, Norman and Moore areas as of 9:30 a.m., and 143 customers are still without power in north Oklahoma City.
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