Blowing snow slowing DelDOT’s progress to clear primary roads

SUSSEX COUNTY – About 12 hours into this winter storm, the state is blanketed by snow, some areas have drifting, and coastal flooding is a major concern in eastern Sussex County.

As the State of Emergency LOGO deldotand Level 1 Driving Warning remains in place, crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation have been working through the night, clearing snow from the state’s primary roads. However, high winds are blowing the snow back into the roadways, making progress difficult. DelDOT plows remain working on the primary roads. For that reason, it is highly recommended that you do not drive.

Snow early this morning was falling in Kent and New Castle Counties, but in some areas of the state snow is being replaced by sleet and freezing rain.

As of 5:45 a.m., the heaviest snowfall totals are in central Kent County, with West Dover having the highest snow accumulation at 8.5 inches. The smallest amount of snowfall is near Dewey Beach, with the measuring station there reporting .5 inch of snow fall, according to DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff.

While coastal Sussex has not had much snow, they have been getting pummeled by high winds all night long. Sustained winds at the Indian River Inlet Bridge are 50 miles per hour, with gusts up to 62 miles per hour.  With high tide in Rehoboth Beach at 7:00 a.m. this morning, coastal flooding is a major concern along the beaches and inland bays (a small tide chart from the National Weather Service is below).

The Level 1 Driving Warning essentially means that Drivers are discouraged from operating a motor vehicle on the state’s roadways, unless there is a significant safety, health, or business reason to do so.

Nearly all of the roads in the state are 100 percent covered in snow and ice, so residents are urged to remain off the roads until DelDOT crews can clear the roads.

Whether it is erected barricades blocking off flooded roads or plowing drifting snow, DelDOT crews will remain working for the rest of the day, and will likely remain on the job for the rest of the weekend.

Statewide, more than 330 plows are on the road, and more than 500 DelDOT personnel are currently working, Mr. Westhoff said.

Track plowing progress

snow plows

Residents can track the progress of DelDOT plows by watching the snowplow tracker, which is available at deldot.gov, or on the DelDOT app on a smart phone. In addition, residents can  monitor road conditions by viewing any of the more than 30 live traffic cameras at locations across the state. The cameras can also be viewed at deldot.gov, or on the DelDOT app.

To download the free DelDOT App search for “DelDOT” at the Google Play and Apple App stores. On the web DelDOT’s interactive map is at www.deldot.gov

For additional information, visit www.DelDOT.gov; you also may follow Delaware DOT on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DelawareDOT); and Twitter (http://twitter.com/DelawareDOT).

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