Archive for the ‘Weather Related Notices’ Category

DelDOT Ready For ‘Most Significant Winter Weather Event Of The Season.’

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Dover – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Winter Storm Warning in Delaware, effective 9 p.m. Sunday night through 4p.m. on Monday, for what is being characterized by NWS officials as the “most significant winter weather event of the season.” The forecast predicts snow accumulations of more than six inches, with the greatest amounts of 10-14 inches expected in central Delaware. Precipitation is forecast to begin as rain tonight and convert to snow after midnight. Based on weather forecasts for tonight and tomorrow, it is likely the State of Delaware will issue a State of Emergency with a level 1 driving warning starting tonight.

DelDOT crews will be fully mobilized tonight and throughout the storm, with more than 450 pieces of equipment on the roads statewide.

DelDOT is urging residents to prepare for the storm by obtaining essential items, including medications, food and batteries, in advance of the expected precipitation.
Because the forecast is for snow to fall at a rate of as much as 1″ – 2″ per hour, it will be difficult for DelDOT plows to stay ahead of the accumulation on primary roads. For this reason, secondary and minor roads may not be attended to until the snowfall stops some time tomorrow.

With the storm likely to start as a rain event, it will not be effective to pretreat roads with brine today. Brine washes off roads when it rains.

Further updates on storm updates and preparations will be issued late in the day as weather updates are provided. Information updates are available at www.deldot.gov or www.dema.delaware.gov.

Direct links to weather stations and traffic cameras:

Weather Stations:
View real-time weather conditions from our 18 weather stations.
These automated stations measure everything from air temperature, to wind chill, to surface and subsurface temperatures.

http://www.deldot.gov/traffic/map.ejs?tab=Weather

Snowfall amounts:
DelDOT has 18 sensors that automatically measure snow. The snowfall totals are updated hourly during snow events.
Here is a link to the page, listing all of the sensors: http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicSnowfallAccumulation

Traffic Cameras:
View real-time road conditions by viewing any of the more than 130 live traffic cameras from throughout Delaware.
New Castle County: http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicCameraDisplay&county=1
Kent County: http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicCameraDisplay&county=2

DelDOT Prepared To Work Through The Night

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Dover – Snow and ice are expected to arrive again tonight, and DelDOT crews in New Caste and Kent Counties are prepared to work through the night to make the roads as safe as possible for the morning rush hour.

In Sussex County, crews will not report for work this evening, but supervisors will remain in close contact with DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center, and will be ready to deploy if conditions warrant it.

Crews will begin applying salt as soon as air temperatures approach the freezing point, or when snow or sleet begins to fall.

DelDOT Crews Remain On The Job

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

While Delaware did not receive as much snow as was forecast, with the steady precipitation and the prospect of freezing temperatures tonight will keep DelDOT crews in Kent and New Castle counties remain on the job tonight, plowing and spreading salt.

Because temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 20 degrees tonight, there is a significant risk of the rain that fell today freezing on the roads and bridges.

In New Castle County, crews are plowing and spreading salt in the secondary and minor roads at this hour.

In Kent County, trucks and crews are prepositioned throughout the county, ready to start applying salt as soon as it stops raining or the temperatures drop below freezing.

DelDOT Prepares For Possible Snow

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Dover — Crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation will be working well before dawn tomorrow, in response to the possible 4-6″ of snow that Delaware might receive in the morning.

While these plans may be adjusted if the forecast changes, or if we receive more or less snow than anticipated, below are the county-by-county plans for tomorrow morning: 


In New Castle County, all crews will be working by 4 a.m., with some crew members reporting at 3 a.m. 


In Kent County, 1/4 crews will report at 4 a.m.


In Sussex County, supervisors will report by 5:00 a.m. 


All day today, and through the night, officials at DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center will be monitoring forecasts, and current conditions.   


The National Weather Service 
National Weather Service reports that the event will likely begin as rain early Monday morning, possible sleet before transitioning to snow. Snow is expected to begin in New Castle County between 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.,  ending around 2:00 p.m.  Accumulation forecasts predict 4 to 6 inches of snow in New Castle County, Kent County may receive 1 to 2 inches, with the possibility of 4 inches northern Kent County. Sussex County is predicted to receive less than an inch of snow. Temperature in New Castle County at about 6:00 a.m. are expected to be between 34 degrees and 32 degrees may occur around 6:00 AM. 

What To Do If You Get Stuck

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Due to ice and drifting snow, the Delaware Department of Transportation advises motorists to stay off of Delaware roads. But, if anyone must venture out into dangerous conditions, he or she should know what to do if his or her vehicle becomes hopelessly stuck. The AAA offers this advice:

  • Turn on your hazard lights.
  • Call 911.
  • Stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna, or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress.
  • At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible, run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

DelDOT Crews Continue To Battle The Weather

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Dover – Delaware Department of Transportation crews were on the job overnight and this morning, plowing and salting roads to make them safe. Their efforts are being hindered, however, by temperatures in the single digits and strong winds.   Temperature below 10 degrees make salt less effective at melting ice and snow. High winds cause snow to drift back over areas already plowed.

As a result, a Level 1 driving emergency remains in effect today.  Motorists should stay off the roads unless their travel is absolutely necessary.   Roads will be icy in spots and secondary, and suburban streets will be snow covered in locations. Bridges, ramps and other elevated surfaces may be slippery.

As the day progresses and daylight returns, DelDOT will be in a better position to assess the road network and advise state officials on appropriate driving precautions.

What To Do If A Snow Plow Damages Your Mailbox Or Other Property

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

DelDOT takes every reasonable precaution to minimize or prevent any damage to public or private property during any of its operations. However, if your property was damaged, please call 1-(800) 652-5600.

Why You Might See A Snow Plow Parked At A Local Business

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

As they perform their snow removal duties, DelDOT’s crews must necessarily stop for bathroom, meal and occasional rest breaks.  During snow events, DelDOT crews frequently work long shifts into the late night or early morning hours.  Driving large, heavy vehicles under adverse road conditions requires intense concentration and can be physically and mentally exhausting.  If drivers stop their vehicles on the roadside or are parked at a local business, be assured the break they are taking is richly deserved.

Call EOC If You Are Snowed-In But Must Travel

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

 

Who should you call if you are snowed-in but must travel? The answer depends upon the severity of your need to travel.

Call 911 if there if there is a life-threatening situation.

However, if you have a non-life-threatening emergency and you need to travel by automobile, you may request assistance by calling your county’s Emergency Operations Center.  This assistance is only available in extreme weather conditions.

Sussex County Emergency Operations Center: (302) 855-7801

Kent County Emergency Operations Center: (302) 735-3474

New Castle County Emergency Operations Center: (302) 395-2700

Wilmington Emergency Operations Center: (302) 576-3914

Why You Might See A Snow Plow Driving With Its Blade Up

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Delaware Department of Transportation snow plows are assigned to plow specific roads, and they must travel quickly, but safely, from one assignment to another. With their plows down, trucks travel more slowly and might need to stop at each crossroad. Further, if a road has been recently salted, driving with the plow down might remove salt that has been applied to help melt snow and ice.