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Oklahoma City Metro Prepares for Another Winter Storm
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- As transportation crews across the metro prepare for another winter storm, officials at the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority remind all drivers to stay back as crews treat the roadways.
"We did have a plow get hit last week during the snowstorm as a car was trying to pass that plow," said Jack Damrill, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
Drivers must stay 200 feet behind snow plows. Damrill also reminds drivers to take it slow.
"Better to be late than sorry," said Damrill, "you're not going to save that much time by trying to pass people as quick as you can, especially in these conditions."
With several inches of snow expected in Oklahoma City Monday, crews with the City of Oklahoma City are also getting ready for the storm.
Kristy Yager, a spokesperson for the City of Oklahoma City says crews will come in at noon, to begin their work on roadways across the metro. While Monday morning's commute should be fairly smooth, Yager warns drivers of a potentially dangerous evening commute.
"Everybody just needs to be very, very careful on their way home on Monday night and into Tuesday," she emphasized.
Yager advises all drivers to walk out the door with an emergency plan Monday morning.
"Be aware of the weather and prepare for it," she said.
Damrill says part of the emergency plan should include finding another route to take home, especially if you take the Kilpatrick Turnpike.
"If they're traveling the Kilpatrick, we wish that they wouldn't," said Damrill.
Damrill says construction on the Kilpatrick Turnpike makes the area extra dangerous when winter storms move through.
"That does create a little bit of a dicier situation and slick conditions because they're right up against that barrier wall," he said.
Crews from the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority say crews will come in about 3 o'clock Monday to begin pre-treating bridges and prepare for the winter storm.
Posted: Sunday, February 24 2013, 09:34 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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