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Tulsa Winter Weather Update Feb. 11 – 4 p.m.

This article was archived on 2/27/2021

Tulsa Winter Weather Update Feb. 11 – 4 p.m.

 The City of Tulsa continues to operate under a 24-hour winter weather response and will continue to do so until the threat of winter weather subsides. 

Crews are currently treating slick spots, intersections and turn lanes as needed, as some light snow today created a few extra spots that needed attention. 

In large part, Tulsa’s main arterial streets are treated and passable at this time. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to practice caution. Some slick spots may be present, especially on untreated neighborhood streets and sidewalks, as the City is not treating neighborhood streets at this time.

The City’s brine and salt materials continue to be in good supply and all equipment is working as it should. Outside of spot treatments, the City is preparing to switch operations from an ice response (with salt and brine) to a snow response (with snow plows). City crews are prepping equipment and snow plows in preparation for a weekend snow event.  

The City continues to work closely with Housing Solutions and its community partners to keep our vulnerable neighbors safe and warm. If you see someone who needs assistance, please utilize Housing Solutions’ online form. Upon completion of the form, outreach teams across Tulsa will coordinate a swift response. If you see someone in immediate danger, call 911.

Refuse & Recycling Update

Refuse and recycling servicing will continue as streets are passable. Steep or slick hills may not get serviced until the trucks can safely traverse the roadways. If you have not received refuse service and have extra refuse that does not fit in your cart, you may place a reasonable amount of additional bagged refuse next to the cart. No extra refuse stickers are needed.

Refuse will be serviced before recycling. Please DO NOT place refuse in the recycling cart.

Bulky waste is on hold until employees are released from clearing the roadways, after which time bulky waste will be collected accordingly.

There are no dead animals or illegal dumping being picked up, unless it is a road hazard, until employees are released from clearing the roadways.

Please be patient as these employees are working long hours. Customers will get serviced as quickly as it is safe to do so. Depending on the weather situation, it may take up to a week after the event is over to get caught up. Employees may work on Saturdays, if necessary. 

Sheridan Waterline Break Update

Yesterday’s 12-inch waterline break on Sheridan between 4th and 11th streets has been repaired. All lanes should be open at this time after crews patched potholes on the road. Crews are expected to apply a permanent fix to the area when temperatures rebound.

Inspections Availability

Due to inclement weather, Inspection Services is only performing critical utilities inspections, such as repairs made due to removed  gas, electric and water meters. To schedule an inspection for critical utility repairs, contact Phil Bradley at (918) 798-8031, Steve Malugani at (918) 519-8746, or Bob Kolibas at (918) 261-9129.

Please note that after hours inspections will be charged as overtime inspections billed at $260.

Warming Stations & TAEMA Response

There are two warming stations open in Tulsa for anyone seeking shelter from the extreme cold, namely:


TAEMA, the City of Tulsa, and other community partners are frequenting known homeless encampments in these extreme temperatures trying to get people inside. 

TAEMA has been in conversations with area shelter providers regarding the needs of Tulsa’s homeless population in light of this weekend being forecast at below zero temperatures. Based on TAEMA’s conversations with the shelter providers, Tulsa’s shelters say they are confident they have capacity to ensure those experiencing homelessness who want to come out of the cold this weekend will have a place to do it without the need of an Emergency Disaster Shelter being opened to provide additional space.

The City will provide updates if the need for such a shelter arises.

City of Tulsa Snow & Ice Response

The City of Tulsa is responsible for clearing snow and ice from the Gilcrease Expressway, L.L. Tisdale Expressway and all arterial (main) streets. Other highway segments in Tulsa are the responsibility of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

After a snow or ice storm begins, the goal is to make expressways and arterial streets safe and passable as soon as possible. These resources are available to attain this goal:

Crews are assigned to 35 specific routes totaling 1,770 lane-miles, which is approximately the same distance as driving from Tulsa to San Francisco. Spreading and plowing routes are prioritized based on traffic counts.

The following link includes every map and route the City uses in its winter weather response: 

Additionally, a list of frequently asked questions on the City’s snow and ice response can be found online.

Want to receive updates on emergency weather information and create a disaster plan for your family? Download the free Tulsa Ready App, compatible with Android and iOS systems. Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter for updates during winter weather season, @cityoftulsagov.