• What you need to know: Safety in winter weather conditions in Green Country


    TULSA, Okla. - Governor Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties on Thursday due to incoming winter weather conditions.

    "Winter storms, snow, ice, and freezing rain are expected to impact different parts of the state through the weekend. Because the weather event may include dangerous road conditions and power outages, this state of emergency is being issued in advance of the storm to allow emergency management and other partners to preposition resources." Governor Mary Fallin's Office

    Inclement weather could be headed for Green Country this weekend. Many planned holiday parades have been canceled or rescheduled, including the Tulsa Christmas parade.

    READ MORE: Threat of winter weather in Green Country leads to canceled events

    The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority offered driving tips ahead of the incoming weather conditions for the weekend:

    "OTA reminds drivers to practice safe driving on highways and turnpikes. When getting out on the road in winter weather, drivers should:

    ·      Check road conditions and plan their route before heading out on highways.

    ·      Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can begin plowing or spreading materials without notice. The OTA has provided a safety video showing how their snow plows and trucks operate.

    ·      Allow extra space between vehicles so there is the adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.

    ·      Be aware of "black ice" which looks wet on the roadway, but is actually a thin layer of ice.

    ·      Be patient and allow extra time to reach destinations.

    ·      Save the OTA road conditions hotline to your contacts at 1-877-403-7623."

    DOWNLOAD the FOX23 Weather app for alerts on your phone as the FOX23 Severe Weather team works on the forecast. 

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