LAWTON, Okla._The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is reporting some slick areas in Harmon, Greer, Jackson and Kiowa counties, and the Oklahoma Panhandle has been declared slick and hazardous.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is treating highway bridges in the Oklahoma Panhandle and other northwestern counties. ODOT is discouraging travel in those areas.
"If travel is necessary, drivers are urged to use caution, especially on bridges, overpasses and when entering or exiting highways as freezing temperatures may continue causing slick spots to develop on wet roadways. Drivers should stay at least 200 ft. behind road clearing trucks and equipment and not attempt to pass," ODOT stated in a press release.
Those slick road conditions are expected to expand eastward as freezing rain moves through the viewing area. Our SkyWARN7 meteorologists say periods of rain and freezing rain will continue throughout Friday into the weekend. Highs will fall into the low to mid 30s by Friday afternoon with wind chills in the teens and 20s.
Periods of freezing rain will continue Friday night primarily west of I-44. The freezing rain should move east of I-44 closer to Saturday morning. Ice accumulation on trees and power lines may result in power outages.
Allow plenty of extra time and drive slowly if you're in western or northwestern Oklahoma.
If you're going out of town for the weekend, check up on their road conditions.
Arkansas 800-245-1672 www.idrivearkansas.com
Colorado 303-639-1111 www.cotrip.org
Kansas 866-511-5368 www.511.ksdot.org
Missouri 888-275-6636 www.modot.org
New Mexico 800-432-4269 www.nmroads.com
Oklahoma 405-425-2385 www.oktraffic.org
Texas 800-452-9292 www.drivetexas.org