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December 28, 2012

Weather and travel advisory for the area

McALESTER — The weather is getting colder and drivers need to be on alert, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

As of Friday portions of the state have received snow, and there are slick spots in the areas where snow has fallen, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Several ODOT crews will be around the state laying out salt and sand to treat slick areas and ODOT is closely monitoring condition in southeast Oklahoma.

Drivers should still be cautious of slick spots and black ice, according to ODOT.

Commuters should plan extra travel time and make sure cars are clear of ice before driving.

Freezing conditions are expected to continue, according to ODOT, and drivers are asked to be cautious. Travelers are urged to check with other states before driving out-of-state.  

During snow and/or ice conditions, motorists are asked to:

— Check road conditions before getting out on the roads.

— Stay at least 200 feet behind road-clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.

— Allow extra space between vehicles, so there is 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.

— Please be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.

To check current road conditons, call the Department of Public Safety's Road Conditions Hotline at 888-425-2385.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore @jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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