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Blizzard Conditions Prompt Highway Closures (Feb 25, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has closed all highways in the Panhandle and much of the state's northwest because of blizzard conditions.

Trooper Betsy Randolph says roadways in the region are slick and hazardous and visibility is extremely limited. The closure extended from Cimarron County eastward to Enid in north-central Oklahoma and southward to Washita County as of Monday afternoon.

Travel on Interstate 40 is still possible but limited.

Randolph says several dozen motorists have reported being stranded or have abandoned their vehicles. She urges people in the area not to travel as it may be a while before help can reach them.

The highway closings don't have a definite expiration time, and Randolph says she expects the network of closed highways to continue expanding.

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