DelDOT at the ready

As a strong winter storm system shifts to the easten part of the country today, Delaware’s Dept. of Transportation says it’s prepared.

“Temperatures are hovering just above freezing right now, so motorists should drive as though there may be black ice on portions of the road,” said DelDOT spokesman Jim Westoff. “Our crews are working hard to stay ahead of any ice building up, but ice can form quickly. Motorists should drive very carefully this afternoon and this evening.”

DelDOT began applying salt to some roads near Hockessin shortly after noon today, and Westoff says trucks and crews, statewide, are ready should temperatures drop and ice starts to accumulate on the roads.

Delaware’s salt stockpiles are full, with 65,000 tons of salt located throughout the state. Additionally, DelDOT says it has 450 vehicles available for snow operations.

According to the National Weather Service, rain, snow and sleet will fall in Wilmington before changing over to rain as night wears on. Overnight temperatures are forecast around 37 degrees. Little to no snow accumulation is expected.

Southern parts of Delaware, according to the NWS, should only get hit with rain.

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