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Oklahoma drivers battle icy, snowy weather

Oklahoma City_A winter storm that covered most of Oklahoma with a layer of ice continues in Oklahoma and is blamed for at least two traffic deaths.  The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority says a truck driver was killed Monday when his semi cab skidded off an icy stretch of Interstate 44 near Chandler. The driver's name wasn't released. 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 21-year-old Renard Johnson Jr., of Yulsa was killed about 2:30 p.m. when his sport utility vehicle skidded into the path of a semi on I-44 near Afton.

The icy weather has also led airlines to cancel dozens of flights into and out of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Tulsa International Airport.  Governor Henry has declared a State of Emergency for all 77 counties and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Wednesday for most of central, south-central, and northeastern Oklahoma.

An ice storm warning was issued for nine counties in eastern Oklahoma where thunderstorms could fall into sub-freezing air and enhance the chance for significant icing.

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