Tracking road conditions, winter weather

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until noon on Saturday. Counties under the advisory include Tulsa, Creek, Okfuskee, Rogers, Mayes, Okmulgee, Wagoner and Ottawa counties.

An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Pawnee, Osage, Washington, Craig and Nowata counties until Sunday at 6 a.m.​

READ: FOX23 Severe Weather Team's latest forecast

Governor Mary Fallin issued a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties ahead of the storm. 


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YOUR PHOTOS: Ice Storm in Green Country 

ODOT Monitoring Conditions

The storm system moving through Oklahoma this morning is causing isolated slick areas on state highways and interstates in central and northeastern Oklahoma. Crews from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation are monitoring road conditions and applying salt and sand as needed. Another storm system is expected in the late afternoon to evening. Drivers should be alert to the potential for ice to develop, go slow and allow extra travel time.


To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call
ODOT's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 844-465-4997
or go to www.okroads.org. For turnpike information, call the
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.


If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.

Out-of-State Road Conditions
Arkansas                800-245-1672         www.idrivearkansas.com
Colorado                 303-639-1111         www.cotrip.org
Kansas                   866-511-5368         511.ksdot.org
Missouri                  888-275-6636         www.modot.org
New Mexico            800-432-4269         www.nmroads.com
Texas                      800-452-9292         www.drivetexas.org


City of Tulsa Talks Severe Weather Chances

City officials in Tulsa said street crews treated elevated surfaces around the city. They are not seeing any reports of icy roads. Officials urge motorists to keep a safe distance from street crews. 

Here's a look at the city's resources for the event:

City of Tulsa Winter Weather Resources:

  • 67 truck-mounted salt spreaders (47 trucks are equipped with mounted snow plows)
  • 47 truck-mounted snow plows (Of the 67 trucks with spreaders, 47 have plows.
  • 7 4x4 pick-up trucks equipped with snow plows
  • 3 motor graders for use as plows 
  • Approximately 8,800 tons of salt on hand (1,850 tons of salt scheduled for delivery)
  • 170 employees (including drivers and support staff)
  • The following link includes every map and route the City uses for arterial streets (primary), schools and steep hills (secondary) and collector streets (tertiary). City of Tulsa Route Maps.



Broken Arrow Readies Tons of Sand

The city of Broken Arrow has about 1,000 tons of sand to use in the event of severe winter weather.

They checked equipment, going over routes and keeping a close eye on bridges and overpasses. Officials say they don't know how many people will be in for winter weather, but everyone is on standby.

The bridges were pretreated overnight. So far, crews remain on standby. 

Broken Arrow residents also made sure to stock up on supplies:

Power Outage Preparations

Local utility companies say they want residents to know they could be without power if the area gets ice.

They said they hope everyone will benefit from lessons learned during the ice storm of 2007.

Now, agencies say they know how to work together. They say that they are more concerned about the western part of the state than Tulsa.

PSO advises people to make a kit that could help if power is out for a long time.

They say to make sure generators are directly wired to homes, not traveling up power lines, where they cold electrocute crews trying to make repairs.

Gary Gaffney, a Pawhuska electrician, says if you wait until the last minute, you’ll likely be last on the list to have your generator checked, and it could be tough to get parts. 

READ MORE: Outage latest in Green Country

 


 

Buying a Generator

People can spend as little as $500 for a small, portable gas-powered generator or as much as $20,000 for a permanent standby generator wired to automatically kick on at homes if the power goes out.

A Tulsa dealer said he has already sold several gas-powered generators ahead of the week's forecast. He warned that generators may be stolen during a natural disaster.

 

People stocking up at stores 

Some shops are getting ready for potential winter weather over the weekend.

A store manager at a Tulsa Home Depot told FOX23 they have seen customers buy gloves, gas containers for generators and ice melt.

Some people even picked up faucet covers to protect his home.

WATCH :Shoppers stock up on supplies ahead of storm

Over Thursday, shoppers took out most of the bread, milk and produce at the Bartlesville Walmart. 

FOX23 received photos Friday of freshly-stocked shelves, with residents thanking delivery drivers for braving slick road conditions.