Road conditions in Muskogee County

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/03 12:39 am Published: 2/02 11:50 pm

FOX23 went to Muskogee County this Sunday to check on road conditions and see how much the winter weather has affected the area.

We learned Muskogee got a little more than 3 inches of snow, but snow isn’t the only thing that's closing schools on Monday.

A field that looks like it could be a blank space is actually the Shawnee Bypass in Muskogee and it’s right down the road from the high school.

FOX23 spoke with resident Rhea Oeser, who lives in Muskogee “The roads were pretty bad. They had Country Club Road closed off. You couldn't even see where the big hills are.

You couldn't get on those roads.”

The roads have been treated to remove ice but because the snow melted during the day Sunday, it’s very likely the roads will refreeze Sunday night and become hazardous again.

Cinnamon Hughes also lives in Muskogee.

She’s concerned with the rush-hour drive tomorrow morning.

“When I wake up in the morning, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be like a skating rink.”

Oeser explained she’s already seen some dangerous areas, “The [highways] are pretty slick in some spots.”
FOX23 found roads around Muskogee already looking like skating rinks, the most dangerous being near North Street and York Street.

"I left this morning to go to my job and I saw the snow but I didn't realize it was going to be like this,” said
Muskogee resident Marlene McBride.

The ice and snow didn't stop kids from sledding or talking about not having school on Monday.

We found a young student celebrating the snow today. he happy to play in the snow?

“Yeah!,” the young student roared.

FOX23 checked out road conditions on the Muskogee Turnpike and saw crews plowing snow next to a truck and trailer that had run off the road and into a ditch.

Muskogee resident Tina Gross told FOX23, “a little bit of sliding (and the snow is) starting to really pack … and before you know … starting to get treacherous.”

FOX23 found neighborhood roads looking icy hours after the snow fell.

Muskogee public schools are closed Monday but not all businesses will be closed, meaning people will be on the roads in the morning.

Cinnamon Hughes asked drivers to “try to merge and yield and be nice to each other on the road because the road's not going to nice to us.”

FOX23 learned from Kimbra Scott, and official with the City of Muskogee, that street crews were still out Sunday evening trying to clear main roads and treat them with sand and salt.

When it comes to neighborhood roads that are really slick, the city doesn't work overtime to treat them.

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