Within the last 12 hours, the Delaware State Police responded to a statewide total of 85 crashes, seven of which involved minor injuries.
Adding to the count, DSP said troopers also helped 55 drivers and their disabled vehicles. The majority of the incidents, said DSP spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack, involved single vehicles spinning out of control or driving off the road because drivers were unable to make their way through the difficult conditions.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell lifted the State of Emergency and driving restrictions in New Castle County; both remain in effect in Kent and Sussex Counties.
“As expected, Kent and Sussex Counties received the greatest impact of this storm,” said Gov. Markell. “Road conditions continue to improve, but motorists should continue to be careful, as snowy and icy spots still exist and additional snowfall is expected in the southern part of the state.”
While Shavack encouraged drivers to postpone or avoid any unnecessary travel today, he urged those who must travel to use caution.
“Motorists should be prepared for snow covered and slippery roads, along with strong winds and limited visibilities which make driving conditions difficult,” he said.
Police noted that specific trouble spots include intersections, off ramps, bridges and overpasses, and reminded drivers to slow down, allow extra space between vehicles and turn headlights on to increase visibility.
As of of 1:30 p.m. Monday, AAA Mid-Atlantic said it responded to 2,180 requests for help since today’s snow storm began. The auto club’s territory includes DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA and Washington, D.C.