Oklahoma’s recent severe weather is still affecting highways, truck driver safety and oversize load permit turnaround.
The state’s DOT permit office has not had any permit staff to process oversize load permits on Thursday, Jan. 3 or Friday, Jan.4. OK state permits will still self-issue if you are traveling on a route with no closures.
After areas of the state received almost 7 inches of snow, oversize and commercial motor vehicle travel was limited due to safety and closures. Oklahoma’s weather map shows closed areas and highway conditions.
Heavy Snowfall & Winter Advisories
The winter storm hit moved in Wednesday night and led into Thursday morning, with another round of snow that fell Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Friday (1/4) morning for northern Texas, parts of the Texas Panhandle and much of Oklahoma. The region had almost 7 inches (7.5 to 18 centimeters) of snow, along with ice accumulations of up to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters). Other parts of Texas and Oklahoma were under winter weather advisories.
Beware of Icy, Slick Roads
The mix of wintry precipitation has created slippery road conditions and limited visibility. In addition to checking state weather maps for road closures, be extremely cautious. State DOT’s recommend reducing speed, staying at least 150 feet behind any snow removal equipment, and warn to stay off certain roads if it can be avoided.
The slickest roadways were reported south and west of Oklahoma City.
WCS Permits Can Help
As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are keeping up-to-date on when Oklahoma will resume issuing permits, but we do anticipate a delay once the office is full-staffed again.
If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.