Weather forecasts indicate a winter storm will impact the region beginning early tomorrow morning, Saturday, Jan. 7, lasting into the afternoon and possibly the early evening. The possibility of heavy snowfall, including a wintry mix, are threats with this storm. This type of weather pattern can create treacherous conditions for motorists traveling on Delaware roadways.
Delaware State Troopers continue to plan and prepare for the forecasted winter storm and 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 vehicle which cause major problems for DelDOT snow removal equipment and for Troopers responding to emergency situations.
Troopers strongly encourage motorists to postpone and avoid unnecessary travel but urge all those who must travel to use extreme caution, as road and 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 visibility, which make driving conditions difficult. Use caution when approaching intersections and off-ramps, especially on 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.
Now is an excellent time to ensure your vehicle is in good working order for the expected conditions. Fill up the fuel tank in advance. Check the windshield wipers, 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.