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Okmulgee County deals with snow, ice

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 12/06/2013 5:22 pm Published: 12/06/2013 2:58 pm

The southern part of Green Country was one of the areas hardest hit by the winter weather.

FOX23's Angela Hong spent Friday in Okmulgee County.

The Fire Department said there were no major accidents or power outages in Okmulgee County.

The main street in Henryetta was pretty much empty Friday morning. Residents aren't daring to go out in this weather.

Many of the roads on the hills in Henryetta are closed because of the weather. Even the local Fire Department decided to put chains on their tires because they were fishtailing on the road.

The plows just can't keep up with the amount of snow that's falling.

"With the way it was coming down earlier. It's starting to lighten up now so they'll probably come back out and scrape it again and we'll be in pretty good shape," said Ray Kissee with the Henryetta Fire Department.

Okmulgee County Emergency Management told FOX23 once the snow stops people will start to venture out, thinking they can drive in this snow, and that's when they anticipate more calls for car accidents.

The road was plowed but barely. It was obvious that sand spreaders had been through before. But still, the road was slick and difficult to drive on.

Every now and then trucks or cars pulled over and waited for the road conditions to get better.

Truck stops were packed; many truckers didn't want to take the risk of driving in bad weather so they stayed the night.

“All that ice started hitting and it didn't take long for these little trucks to start sliding all over the roads so we pulled over. They were getting off the roads pretty quick when we left the city there was a lot of traffic. The further this way we came. The traffic died down. So they we decided to park ours,” said Bob Fry, a trucker.

Earlier Friday on I-40 in Okmulgee County there was a tractor trailer jackknifed that shut down the eastbound lane for quite some time and there was a line of traffic at least three miles long.

All lanes are open now.

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