OKLAHOMA CITY — Twelve City street crews will spend much of the Christmas Eve holiday pre-treating bridges and overpasses in Oklahoma City with a brining solution. The salt and water mix helps slow the formation of ice along elevated roadways. Brining efforts began at 10 a.m. Monday (Dec. 24) and should wrap up around 3 p.m.
A summary of the weather forecast for Oklahoma City, as of 10:30 a.m. Monday, is below.
More crews will report to the Central Maintenance Facility for a 12-hour shift at midnight tonight. They will begin salting streets along the City snow routes once the snow begins to fall on Christmas Day.
Another shift will report in at noon on Christmas Day and work through to midnight.
The City has approximately 33 trucks that can be equipped with salt spreaders and plows. Crews limit their salt and plow efforts to the City’s snow routes, which can be viewed at www.okc.gov.
Salt is in good supply with more than 9000 tons in stock.
Drivers can help crews by keeping a safe distance – about 200 feet – away from salt trucks.
The storm approaching from the northwest led some city administrators to schedule work time for the holidays.
Some mixed winter precipitation is expected to begin west of Oklahoma City during the afternoon and evening.
Tomorrow, what the weather service calls “light winter precipitation” in the morning will “transition to all snow in the afternoon.” The chance of precipitation by Christmas evening (Tuesday) will be 90 percent, with a possibility of significant snow accumulations, from 5 to 8 inches.
Tuesday night, snow showers will become “on and off,” with skies clearing over night and into Wednesday morning.
Streets emergency manager Mike Love, Sr. will brief reporters on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) at 11:30 p.m. at the Central Maintenance Facility, SW 15 and Portland.
Note: Associate Publisher Patrick B. McGuigan contributed to this report.