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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.


Preparing for Pending Inclement Weather


Date Posted: Saturday, January 19th, 2019

This weekend into Monday morning, Delaware may experience rain with extremely cold Arctic winter air. The combination of freezing rain and the extremely low temperatures Sunday night into Monday morning could cause dangerous road conditions.

Delaware State Police statewide continue to plan and prepare for the forecasted winter weather, as we 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 weather are for vehicle crashes, disabled vehicles, and abandoned vehicles which cause a major problem for DelDOT snow removal and brining trucks and equipment, as well as for Troopers responding to emergency situations. Troopers strongly encourage motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. Troopers urge all motorists 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 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.

Avoid unnecessary travel and please keep in mind that part of our state may get a snow mix or freezing rain. Give DelDOT crews safe distance as they will be working to make Delaware roads safer.

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Released: 011919 1118

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