DUNCAN, Okla._ Freezing rain and icy roadways throughout Stephens County made for less than ideal condition Thursday, and forecasts show the storm is not leaving our area just yet.
The eastern portion of the county, near Velma, was impacted the most. More than five accidents, including a rollover, occurred on Highway 7 near Velma Thursday afternoon.
Busy roadways like Hwy. 81 and the Duncan Bypass became a sheet of ice by early evening. Many side streets have gone untreated; however, crews will be working through the overnight hours to clean up as much as possible.
"This is unbelievable; you can feel it burn your skin," said Rebecca White, Duncan, of the arctic temperatures.
The ice was the biggest hurdle in Stephens County. There was plenty of slipping and sliding on the slick roads.
"People are sliding everywhere … every street, even if they do the sand, it's not working," said White.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan public works director, says when we get hit with this type of storm, drivers need to be extremely cautious.
"If you're not used to driving in these conditions it's really best to just stay off the roads," said Vaughn.
One man's SUV came to a stop on a small hill on Elder near Hwy. 81. He was forced to get out and push which caused a small traffic backup.
If you must travel out and into the storm, public works officials urge drivers to slow down, keep distance between cars in front of you and to give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go.