Tulsa’s steep hills caused more issues than slick roadways Sunday

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 2/03 12:16 am Published: 2/03 12:14 am

When the snow blew in Sunday, it caught some residents’ off guard, especially those who live in the hills of South Tulsa.

FOX23’s Severe Weather Team fanned out to cover each county that surrounds Tulsa.

FOX23 spoke with those out on the road Sunday and found a few brave drivers who ended up being forcing to go home and leave their cars behind.

By Sunday night, the concern is melted snow re-freezing on the roads.

Many of the roads had been treated with sand and salt, and some had completely cleared up by the afternoon but people still had problems, especially on hills.

When John Karr got up Sunday morning, he did not expect the snow to affect his day as much as it did.

"I did not expect it. Yesterday, I saw there was going to be a chance of snow. I didn't know it was going to be this much though," Karr told FOX23.

He was busy shoveling his driveway just so he could leave home for the day.

The 61st Street and Sheridan Road area that lies on top of a hill was closed for several hours because it was too dangerous to drive over.

Once the plows and salt trucks treated the area, the roadway on top of the hill reopened.

However, some cars didn't want to take the chance and turned around, even though the roadway was open.

"It's an extremely steep hill," said one Tulsa resident.

There were more problems on hills Sunday than on residential streets.

The Tulsa Fire Department told FOX23 there were at least 10 cars involved in a fender bender at the Vintage On Yale Apartments near Yale Avenue and 81st Street.

People who live in those apartments had to walk up the hill just to get home because driving was too dangerous.

"I tried coming up one of the other hills but I was advised not to do that so we parked at Walgreens.

Now my son and I are going to walk up the hill to see if we can walk up that way," said a Vintage on Yale resident.

Most drivers said the roads seemed to be getting better as the day continued.

Good news, because they weren't going to let the snow affect their Super Bowl plans.

"Still going to do what we had planned. We're going to meet up with some friends at Oklahoma fit in Jenks and we're going to meet up there and have a party still," said a Tulsa resident and eager Super Bowl fan.

The big test will be Monday morning as people head to work.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation told FOX23 crews will be working through the night to make sure roads are safe.

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