OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say roads in much of the state are reported to be slick and hazardous following winter storms across Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says travel is discouraged in the eastern two-thirds of the state because of slick and hazardous roads caused by snow and sleet. Troop G in southern Oklahoma reports that the H.E. Bailey Turnpike was “extremely slick and hazardous” at about 5 a.m. Friday.
In northeast Oklahoma, crews are plowing and treating the roadways but many areas including the Interstate 44 Will Rogers Turnpike and the U.S. 412 Cherokee Turnpike are slick.
Roads are in better shape in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle, but remain slick in spots.
Utility companies say the winter storm is causing more than 3,700 power outages throughout Oklahoma.
The bulk of the outages have been reported mainly in southeastern Oklahoma, which remains under an ice storm warning until 6 p.m. Friday.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma reports more than 3,300 outages near the towns of Antlers and Hugo.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric reports more than 300 outages near Panama and Poteau. The utility says about 60 homes and businesses are without power in the Oklahoma City metro area.
PSO spokesman Ed Bettinger says the damage could have been far more catastrophic and widespread throughout Oklahoma than what the state got.
The storm that dropped sleet, ice and snow on much of the state Thursday began to move out of Oklahoma early Friday.
Oklahoma City Police say the winter storm moving through much of Oklahoma has claimed its second victim.
Capt. Dexter Nelson said Friday that an unidentified man was discovered dead under an overpass in an area where transients are known to congregate.
Nelson says there didn’t appear to be any signs of foul play, and the state Medical Examiner’s Office will make a final determination on the cause of death. A spokeswoman there did not immediately return a message seeking information on the man.
On Thursday, a 5-year-old boy from Fort Gibson was killed when a van he was riding in overturned on an icy road.