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Winter Storm Makes Roads Dangerous

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LAWTON Okla_ 7News Chief Photographer Oliver Knop braved the treacherous roadways to take took pictures with our GoPro Camera.

He came upon a rollover at I-44 and Lee by the bridge going eastbound. Then, he didn't have to go far to find another one at Rogers Lane near Mission Village. Another rollover had a driver trapped. EMTs worked furiously to get the driver out. Then, another driver rolled over on Rogers Lane near the Fort Sill exit ramp. An SUV apparently couldn't make it and smashed right into the concrete wall. We do not know whether the driver was injured.

We had a chance to talk to Comanche County's Emergency Management Director Clint Wagstaff Thursday.

The City of Lawton held its briefing Wednesday, and now continues to implement its plan. Wagstaff warns citizens to prepare for conditions that will continue to get worse.

"Don't travel unless you have to," Wagstaff said. "It is going to be dangerous. We are getting a lot of ice and sleet on the roads now and snow overnight. The road conditions will be very dangerous, so don't travel if you don't have to."

A sheet of snow and ice has fallen over Altus, and more is on the way.

So, Altus Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston wants to remind you to remember the "Three Ps": People, pets and pipes. Take care of your people, be inside as much as you can and that goes for your pets, as well. These frigid temperatures could cause your pipes to burst, so if you haven't already, wrap them. You won't be wasting water, either. That's very important, since Altus is in a drought.

It's much the same story in Texas. If you remember the snowfalls that wreaked havoc on north Texas roadways in the days leading up to the super bowl two years ago. This one is worse though, according to an official with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

The meteorologist said road conditions from the half-inch of freezing rain could be worse than two years ago. He said the freezing rain will fall for as long as nine hours.

If you absolutely must get out on the roads, we caution you to check them before you go. You can check road conditions for all of Oklahoma by calling this hotline 1-888-425-2385 or clicking here. To check Texas road conditions, call 1-800-452-9292 or click here.

 

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