Written on: January 26th, 2011 in Weather Related Notices
Crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) continue to work on roadways in some portions of the state, as the department mobilizes its response to changing weather conditions. Additional crews are on stand-by and can be recalled if needed.
In DelDOT’s North District (I-95 and North) and Canal District (south of I95 to Kent County), primary roadways are mostly wet; however secondary roads are wet with some locations snow covered. All other roads in the northern part of the state are reported covered with as much as one inch of snow. Crews continue salting primary and secondary roads.
The Central District (Kent County) maintenance area reports that all roadways are wet, with some reported as slushy. Primary and secondary roads are being salted as needed. Further south (Sussex County), roadways are wet as the precipitation there has been in the form of rain.
Rail and Transit systems are operating normally. The speed limit on I-495 has been reduced to 45 MPH, and has been dropped again on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, now posted at 35 MPH. Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices, normally open late on Wednesdays, closed at 4:30pm at three of four locations…Wilmington, New Castle, and Dover. The DMV office in Georgetown will remain open until 8pm.
Weather conditions will be changing statewide this evening as temperatures drop and the precipitation turns to snow statewide. DelDOT crews will continue to respond as weather conditions change. The National Weather Service is forecasting major storm that will have lightning and thunder associated with it. Snow forecasts for tonight call for an additional six inches in New Castle County. Kent County could see another three to four inches of snow, with two to three more inches in Sussex County, with lighter accumulations along the coast.
Snow may be heavy at times tonight, so motorists are reminded to use extreme caution. High winds will cause drifting and reduced visibility from blowing snow, as well. Residents of coastal areas need to be aware of the possibility of tidal flooding, particularly during high tide tonight. Inland winds could gust up to 35 MPH, and gusts to 45 MPH in coastal areas. The winds should die down toward morning, but motorists need to be on the watch for other hazards such as flooded streets, or downed tree limbs and power lines.