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Gross Weather Makes Pre-Thanksgiving Travel into and out of Delmarva Difficult

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SMYRNA, Del. (WBOC) - It rained all day Wednesday on Delmarva as the threat of winter weather hung over the whole Mid-Atlantic region.

Road crews prepared to make sure drivers can get where they need to be.

The DelDOT plows and salt trucks sat and waited expectantly Wednesday morning in Newark. By mid-morning the first flakes of snow were falling in front of them.

DelDOT Sec. Shailen Bhatt says his crews prepped 500 vehicles and pieces of equipment and have 45,000 tons of salt for the bad weather ahead of the day of giving thanks.

"We're all going to be thankful for many things. Hopefully we'll be thankful for a storm that brushes to the north of us. But we're prepared if it does not," Sec. Bhatt said.

Harry Hutchinson was behind the wheel of a truck getting it filled will salt.

"When mother nature comes, we have to be there," Hutchinson said. "It's part of the job, part of keeping the roads safe. Our family is traveling just like your family is traveling. We have to make it safe for them as well."

The bad weather had drivers on the roads early Wednesday. Lots of people came through the rest stop in Smyrna. Bob Gibson was dealing with the weather on his way to Cecil County, Md.

"Traffic has been moving a little more slowly than usual, which is fine with me," he said. "It typically is crazy going up DE 1. Today it's five miles per hour under the speed limit."

Sec. Bhatt says above freezing temperatures will help keep the roads clear.

"We have sensors in most of our vehicles and some of the pavement that tell us what the pavement temps are. Right now the pavement temps are around 40 degrees, which means anything hitting it is melting."

But temps will drop through the night. Sec. Bhatt says at that point, the concern becomes black ice.

DelDOT recommends using its traffic app, social media and live traffic cams to monitor the roads before you leave or as you're expecting someone to arrive.

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