Troopers Advise Safety during Forecasted Winter Weather

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Weather forecasts currently indicate a significant snowfall tonight and early Tuesday followed by a return of excessive cold Thursday and Friday. This storm is forecasted to impact the region tonight and continue into Tuesday. Heavy snowfall including a wintry mix, are threats with this storm. This type of weather pattern can create treacherous conditions for motorists who are traveling along Delaware roadways, as there will be very limited visibility with reports less than one half mile. This will make traveling very hazardous and impossible at times.

According to the National Weather Service Forecast, the winter storm warning remains in effect from 6:00 p.m. this evening until 12:00 noon on Tuesday for all of Delaware. The First State will possibly see snow fall accumulations between four to eight inches in some areas. The snow fall tonight into tomorrow will likely cause slippery roads on all untreated surfaces. The Tuesday morning commute will probably be delayed so please plan accordingly and give yourself enough time to reach your destination if you must travel. The wind chill values may fall to around 10 to 15 below zero late Thursday night into Friday morning of this week. Please keep in mind the Highway Crews on our roadways as they continue with their clean-up efforts. Please take precautionary measures and take preparedness actions to keep safe during the storm.

Troopers statewide continue to plan and prepare for the forecasted winter storm, as they will be ready and available to patrol, assist disabled vehicles, and manage roadway incidents and hazards for the duration of the event. Most calls for service received by Troopers during winter storms are for vehicle crashes, disabled vehicles, and abandoned vehicles which cause a major problem for DelDOT snow removal equipment and for Troopers responding to emergency situations. Troopers strongly encourage motorists to postpone and avoid unnecessary travel.

Troopers urge all motorists who must travel to use extreme caution as weather conditions may change rapidly over the course of the event. Motorists should be prepared for snow covered and slippery roads, along with strong winds and limited visibilities which make driving conditions difficult. Use caution while driving when approaching intersections and off ramps, especially bridges and overpasses. Remember to reduce speed and increase following distance between vehicles. Allow ample time to reach your destination, allow extra space between vehicles, and keep vehicle headlights on to increase visibility.

This would be an excellent time to check your vehicle ensuring it is in good working order for the expected conditions. Fill up the fuel tank in advance. Check the windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid, tire tread, battery life, etc. If you should have vehicle problems, be sure to stay with your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening. Be sure to have an emergency kit in the vehicle consisting of a blanket, bottled water, snack, cell phone charger, and flashlight. Use caution and be safe during the storm.

Take precautionary measures and take actions to be prepared: A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills which can result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors make sure exposed skin is covered.