Drivers Experience Slick Monday Morning Commute Across Parts Of State


Sunday, January 9th 2011, 10:27 pm
By: News 9


Staff and Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Pockets of freezing drizzle overnight lead to slick bridges and overpasses during the Monday morning commute.

Rescue crews worked to clear a rollover accident at Memorial Road and Midwest Boulevard Monday morning at about 6 a.m. It is unknown if any injuries were involved or if the weather had anything to do with the wreck.

At about 7 a.m., News 9 Storm Tracker Hank Brown said a wreck slowed traffic on northbound I-35 at Main Street near Moore. Traffic was back to normal in that area by about 7:30 a.m.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports roads are slick and hazardous in Weatherford where there were 12 accidents overnight.

Drizzle may be heavy enough in some areas to cause main roadways to freeze up as well. Temperatures will remain in the 20s with wind chills in the teens.

Additional freezing drizzle changing over to light snow will continue to cause problems during the day.

An arctic front will bring even colder temperatures for Monday night with wind chills below zero in some locations.

According to the National Weather Service, three to six inches of snow fell in southeastern Oklahoma Sunday, causing hazardous road conditions.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported more 300 power outages at one point in central and southwestern Oklahoma, but those dwindled to about 80 Sunday night.

Emergency management officials in Choctaw and Pushmataha counties, where three to six inches of snow fell on top of freezing rain, reported no power outages but multiple vehicle accidents.

In northern Oklahoma, the Cimarron Bridge on Oklahoma 33 was closed because of icy conditions but it reopened. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a ramp on the Will Rogers Turnpike was closed.

Transportation officials said roads are slickest in north-central, eastern and southeastern Oklahoma.

For road conditions in Oklahoma, call 405-425-2385, or you can also check out Oklahoma Department of Transportation's Road Conditions Page.

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