Snowfall in Oklahoma leads to slick roads in parts of the state, numerous accidents


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OKLAHOMA CITY — Snow fell across the northern half of Oklahoma on Sunday, leading to slick roads and reports of numerous accidents.

Up to 4 inches of snow fell in Woodward County in northwestern Oklahoma, said county emergency management director Matt Lehenbauer. About 2½ inches fell in Craig County in the northeastern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Peter Snyder, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, said the snow came a couple weeks early.

"We have seen things at the end of November, the first week of December," he said.

A winter weather advisory was issued until 6 p.m. Sunday for all but the southeastern corner of the state, but Snyder said the snow was moving quickly northeastward and out of the state.

Still, authorities urged drivers to remain cautious.

"The roadways, especially on our overpasses, are going to be slick, ice covered," Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Betsy Randolph said. "The two main things we see in crashes when the roads are slick is they (drivers) are going too fast or they're following too closely."

Lehenbauer said one injury accident was reported when a vehicle overturned on state Highway 50 near the town of Moreland in northwestern Oklahoma, but details of the accident and the condition of the person injured were not immediately available.

No major power outages were reported by the state's two largest utility companies, Oklahoma Gas and Electric and Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

"I think we're good. A little earlier than normal snowfall, but hopefully that'll get everybody ready for what is to come this winter," Lehenbauer said.

Temperatures across all but southeastern Oklahoma were in the 20s and were expected to fall into the teens and single digits by Monday morning, Snyder said.

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