UPDATED: DelDOT Warns of Icy Conditions this Weekend with Storm and Extreme Cold

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UPDATED 1/18/19 – While Delaware is expected to receive mostly rain, there will be periods of snow and mixed precipitation from the storm system arriving this weekend. The arctic air that will follow the storm on Sunday will create icy conditions as the temperatures are expected to fall into the teens and single digits with even colder wind chill values. DelDOT crews will be salting and plowing roads across the state as conditions dictate.

DelDOT is advising motorists to expect icy conditions throughout the weekend and into Monday, especially in neighborhoods and local roads that may not dry out as quickly as more heavily traveled primary roads across the state. Motorists should also be alert to black ice and potential icy conditions on bridges and overpasses.

Motorists are advised to stay tuned to weather sources and to plan their trips accordingly. The DelDOT Transportation Management Center (TMC) and WTMC-1380 AM also provides motorists real-time traffic conditions throughout Delaware. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues by dialing the following numbers: #77 from any cell phone in Delaware; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.

In addition, motorists should be alert for snow plows on the roads and maintain a distance of several car lengths from snow plows as they work to plow and treat roads.

For answers to frequently asked questions about DelDOT’s snow removal efforts visit the DelDOT Snow FAQ page.

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Per the National Weather Service, there is a possibility of snow beginning late tonight in New Castle County and a rain/snow mix in Kent and Sussex Counties. DelDOT will be brining roads in New Castle County today in preparation for slippery conditions as a result of the snow.

Drivers should slow down and use caution when approaching bridges, ramps, and overpasses, as they freeze more rapidly with lower temperatures.

During plowing or salting operations, DelDOT recommends that motorists do not pass the plow and drive a few car lengths from the back of the vehicle as visibility can be limited.

Motorists are advised to stay tuned to weather sources and to plan their trips accordingly. The DelDOT Transportation Management Center (TMC) and WTMC-1380 AM also provides motorists real-time traffic conditions throughout Delaware. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues by dialing the following numbers: #77 from any cell phone in Delaware; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.

In addition, motorists should be alert for snow plows on the roads and maintain a distance of several car lengths from snow plows as they work to plow and treat roads. Once snow plows are active, the DelDOT snow plow tracker will be available on the free DelDOT app and https://www.deldot.gov/

DART and Paratransit customers are urged to stay tuned to weather reports and be prepared for service interruptions should weather conditions worsen. In the event of any service interruption, DART will issue Rider Alerts to riders who subscribe to the service.  For further information, visit https://www.dartfirststate.com/

For answers to frequently asked questions about DelDOT’s snow removal efforts visit the DelDOT Snow FAQ page.