Many Delawareans decided it was better to take it slow rather than try to rush to work. The result, less cars on the road and a decent morning commute.
Our First team had to get to the WHYY studios at 7th and Orange. Here’s what they found in their commute.
The Rt. 13, Rt. 1, Rt. 141 and Rt. 9 had all been plowed, but were slushy. The snow ended before 5am and that gave many snow plow operators a jump on the storm. Schools were either closed or delayed by 2 hours. State, New Castle County and city of Wilmington workers were all asked to start later than normal.
Came into Delaware over the Delaware Memorial Bridge. There were posted signs asking motorists to travel at 35 mph., but the slushy road surface gave most motorists the confidence to travel faster than that.
Old Forge Road in New Castle was still snow-covered. Route 13 had been plowed, with slushy spots and some areas where lanes were only half-plowed. A bit of snow had drifted back into the road near the airport. Wilmington’s main roads were in good shape, but a few remain snow-covered.
Four wheel drive was necessary going down Green Hill Avenue, but once you get on Rt. 52 it was clear sailing.
Left Delaware County at 7:30am and found clear sailing down I-95. It usually takes 30 minutes to get into Wilmington. That was the length of today’s commute.
Two snow storms in less than a month, some welcome home. I’m definitely not in the south anymore, although I hear it’s getting its fair share of snow/ice as well. I will say I’m thankful for all-wheel drive, even though I didn’t really need it this morning. No problems getting around on I-95, but things were pretty slushy on Delaware Avenue and a few other side streets — still passable though. I will say, now that I’m back home, I think I need to invest in a good pair of snow boots and some shovels.
As I am the last to contribute to this post, I was obviously the last to report to work. But I can’t blame that on the roads. I walked out of my home this morning in Dover ready to shovel a path out of my driveway, but quickly saw that wasn’t necessary. I’m guessing an accumulation of three inches in the Dover area. I took Rt. 13 north to Rt. 1 and then I-95. Other than the chunk of ice on my windshield, and slightly slower speeds, the commute was no big deal.