Winter weather leaves area roads icy and dangerous

According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director, Michael Davidson, the southern portion of LeFlore county saw the highest totals in accumulated snow after Tuesday's winter storm. Davidson said residents of Big Cedar and Heavener received the most snow after eight inches blanketed the communities. He said most of the county, including Poteau, received 5 inches of snow. Davidson said the storm moved into the county about noon and by 1:30, snow began sticking to the roads. Travel advisories were issued asking drivers to stay off the roads unless it was an emergency. According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, more than 20 motorist reported sliding off the road and needing assistance in the past 24 hours. On Wednesday roadways began to clear and by mid-afternoon many main highways were dry. Davidson said he expected most roads to remain clear but some of the rural roads may refreeze when temperatures drop overnight.