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Oklahoma City street crews prepare for ice and snow

Post Date:01/10/2020 9:45 AM

Oklahoma City street crews are preparing to clear the City’s snow routes if ice or snow affects driving conditions overnight Friday and this weekend.

Rain and thunderstorms in the forecast before the snow means crews will not pre-treat bridges and overpasses like usual – the rain would wash it away. Salt and plow trucks will be loaded and on call, ready to clear City snow routes around the clock until road conditions improve.

Crews limit their salting efforts to the City’s snow routes, which you can find at

Remember to turn off sprinklers at your home or business whenever the temperature is below freezing to prevent more ice from forming on sidewalks and streets.

Forecasts and conditions for winter storms can change quickly, so be sure to have a way to get updated information from the National Weather Service or another reliable source through the weekend.

Preparation tips

The Office of Emergency Management offers these tips and more at

Driving safety tips

  • Use extra caution when driving over bridges and overpasses.
  • Turn off your automatic sprinkler systems.
  • Remember that posted speed limits are only to be followed during ideal weather conditions. Slow down while driving on snow or ice.
  • Give salt trucks plenty of room – stay at least 100 feet behind them so salt won’t get thrown on your car.
  • Plan ahead by getting up and leaving the house earlier.
  • Keep at least a three-car distance from the car in front of you
  • Steer and brake more slowly than usual.
  • Keep warm shoes and clothes in your car.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your vehicle before setting out.
  • Proceed carefully through intersections.
  • Have a plan if you slide off the road – who are you going to call?

Safely use alternative heating sources

Fires at home are common in the winter because of improper use of dangerous heating sources. Here are some tips from the Fire Department:

  • Make sure working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are properly installed in your home. Alarms should be installed outside each separate sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms monthly and install fresh batteries annually.
  • Give space heaters their space. Keep combustible material at least three feet away from the heater.
  • Keep all combustible materials off of floor furnaces.
  • Remove any combustibles from central heater closets.
  • Use a metal grate to hold logs inside fireplaces.
  • Use an approved metal or glass screen in front of fireplaces to prevent embers from flying out of the firebox.
  • Remember to open the damper before lighting the fireplace.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Click here for more winter safety tips.

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Media Contact
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831

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