A winter storm rolled into Kent and Sussex counties this morning, with snow covering the roads as early as 6 a.m.
National Weather Service officials originally called for 1 to 3 inches of snow for the area, but as the storm intensified, current forecasts are predicting up to four inches of accumulation for Kent and Sussex.
Snow appears heaviest in the Dover area, said DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff, but the storm is expected to taper off this morning.
Westhoff said 450 crew members were out on key roadways putting down salt early this morning. The department received the call from the National Weather Service around 5 a.m., notifying them that the storm was coming in earlier than expected. Crews were dispatched by 6 a.m., he noted.
"Managing snowfall that commences with rush hour traffic is one of the most difficult challenges DelDOT crews face, especially when conditions differ significantly from forecasts," Westhoff said. "While roads can be pre-treated with salt and sand, removing snow accumulation when traffic is heaviest complicates the job. Motorists can help by staying off the roads if possible, and by giving DelDOT trucks plenty of room to maneuver."
Westhoff stressed that motorists use extreme caution and drive slowly in winter weather.
"You can't expect to be traveling at normal highway speeds," he said.
Drivers should keep their vehicle lights on and keep a safe distance behind other traffic, Westhoff said.