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February 25, 2013

Winter weather leads to local fatality



That's why Lehenbauer said that travel was still strongly discouraged, especially as roads and highways remained officially closed.

"If you don't have to be out, we want folks not to get out," he said.

Also as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, all roads in Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties were still closed. Roads in the far Panhandle are clear.

There are some road closings in Major and Blaine Counties and roads were reported as slick and hazardous in Woods County.

The Department of Transportation said crews were coming in from other parts of Oklahoma to assist in trying to clear the roads.

In addition, Lehenbauer said, "the county commissioners and the city have really got everybody out trying to clear the roads.  And they've had them out since very early this (Tuesday) morning, ever since the snow stopped, and they'll be out well past dark tonight.  Those guys are working a lot of overtime trying to get this accomplished."

However, he said that area residents were not helping the situation as they were enticed by Tuesday's sunshine into getting out and about.

"We have so many drivers trying to get around that it's impeding our progress in getting roads clear," he said.

So while crews were working hard to clear roads as best they could on Tuesday, Lehenbauer said he didn't expect for roadways to be officially reopened "until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at the earliest and more than likely it will be after lunch for most areas."

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said it responded to 32 non-injury collisions and 5 injury accidents due to the weather in its report late Monday. An OHP report issued around 3 p.m. Tuesday said no additional accidents had been reported.

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