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Del., Md., Va Drivers Advised to Stay Off Roads

Posted: Updated: Dec 8, 2013 08:07 PM EST

DOVER, Del. - A mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow is delivering a sloppy winter smorgasbord from the Mid-Atlantic through southeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey.

Delaware transportation officials are asking drivers to remain off the roads as a winter storm is causing snow to accumulate, especially in the northern part of the state.
    
Officials say accumulation has been rapid in northern Delaware and driving conditions are hazardous. Snowplows are working in New Castle and Kent counties, and roads are being treated in Sussex County.

According to DelDOT Community Relations Officer Jim Westhoff, 134 trucks are on the roads in New Castle County either plowing snow or applying salt to the roads.

In Kent County, 53 trucks are on the roads and 23 trucks are on Sussex County roads.
Officials say a jackknifed tractor-trailer caused the Delaware Memorial Bridge to be shut down.
    
With freezing rain in the forecast, officials say road conditions are expected to remain treacherous through the overnight hours.

Maryland highway crews have made some progress on the state's snow-covered roads, but drivers are still being advised to stay home if possible.

State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters says many roads had been plowed down to bare pavement as of late Sunday afternoon. But she says icy conditions are likely and drivers shouldn't get overly confident. She notes that ice is harder to see and harder to remove from pavement than snow.

Earlier Sunday, the fast-moving storm dumped several inches of snow on parts of Maryland. State Highway Administration spokeswoman Lora Rakowski says there were numerous accidents, including crashes that closed both eastbound and westbound Interstate 68 in western Maryland.

Workers for the Virginia Department of Transportation used salt brine and anti-icing chemicals Saturday along interstates and primary roads in the Staunton, Salem, Northern Virginia and Culpeper regions.
   
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for at least 32 counties in central, southwestern and Southside Virginia. Accumulations of up to an inch of snow and sleet are likely through Sunday afternoon, followed by up to a half inch of ice through Monday morning.

The slow-moving storm prompted officials Sunday in Virginia and parts of Maryland to urge residents to stay off the roads and forced scattered airport delays and cancelations.

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