Delmarva Prepares for Potential Winter Weather
A winter storm advisory remains in effect for most of Delmarva. The advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for Kent and Sussex Counties in Delaware, and from 6 a.m. to Noon for Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties in Maryland. The National Weather Service urges residents to prepare for slippery road conditions potentially having a major impact during morning commutes. NWS predicts anywhere from no snow accumulation (points south) to upwards of 4 inches (Kent County, DE). The snow is expected to mix with sleet and rain, creating a potentially icy and hazardous mess on area roadways.
WGMD spotted road crews pre-treating the roads across Delmarva on Tuesday. Maryland’s State Highway Administration urges motorists to “Take it Slow on Ice and Snow” and to remember that the posted speed limits are set for ideal, dry conditions. They also urge motorists not to pass snow plows, and to allow additional drive time. This year, the State of Maryland has introduced a snow-plow tracking tool allowing motorists to track plows and see which roads have been treated. You can find it here.
Delaware’s Department of Transportation also maintains a map of updated road conditions on Delaware roads. You can find it here. State officials urge motorists to remain aware of snow plows, posted speed limits and restricted fields of vision. DelDot says to maintain a distance of several car lengths from plows and other vehicles, allowing for added braking time on snow and ice covered roads.