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DelDOT Issues Statement on Tuesday's Weather

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DOVER, Del.- State transportation officials say motorists need to be aware that Delaware roads may be treacherous in the pre-dawn and dawn hours Tuesday due to sleet and frozen rain arriving at approximately 5 a.m.

This precipitation should turn to snow later in the day, but the Delaware Department of Transportation said driving conditions could remain challenging for much of the day.

The department advises motorists that if they don't need to drive, stay off the roads until the storm has passed. Roads congested with traffic slow down salting and plowing, making it harder for DelDOT to keep up with storm conditions, officials said.

DelDOT said it will pre-treat roads with brine as weather conditions permit in advance of the storm, but it is important to understand that it does little good to put brine roads when it is raining as the brine washes away. This is why pre-treatment is sometimes withheld.

The department also issued the following other reminders:

  • The storm will arrive with the start of the morning commute.  That means drivers will need to slow down, expect that commutes will take longer than normal, and be alert to the probability that some roads will be treacherous.  Drivers should be especially alert for icy patches on bridges, ramps and other elevated roadways.
  • DelDOT will concentrate on clearing major and secondary roads first. Side roads will be cleared later, so drivers need to be careful exiting and entering these areas.
  • DelDOT personnel worked long hours yesterday and last night, and are trying to grab some rest this afternoon and evening.   We will deploy personnel in the early morning hours tomorrow as the weather situation unfolds.
  • While motorists understandably want all roads in a passable condition as quickly as possible, Delaware has thousands of lane miles and clearing some roads requires multiple passes by our drivers and equipment.
  • Stay off the road for as long as possible Tuesday, and using plenty of patience and caution if you must travel, are the best ways to  cope with tomorrow's weather conditions.
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