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  • Department of Transportation, Delmarva Power brace for another wave of winter weather

  • Forecasts are calling for a second wave of winter weather to hit Kent County early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service's forecast.
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  • Snow began to accumulate in Kent County early Sunday afternoon and throughout the evening fluctuated between rain and freezing rain, all told Kent County received about an inch-and-a-half of snow.
    Forecasts are calling for a second wave of winter weather to hit Kent County early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service's forecast.
    There is a slight chance of snow for the area, beginning at 3 a.m. A rain snow mix is forecast for around 6.a.m. By 10 a.m. the mixture will have become all snow, with one to three inches of accumulation anticipated in Kent County, according to the National Weather Service.
    Delmarva Power is encouraging people to prepare for the storm. Tuesday's forecast is calling for snow, sleet and freezing rain, those conditions can cause tree limbs to be weighed down and come in contact with power lines. It can cause already weakened trees to fall and hit power lines or equipment, both of which can cause power outages, according to a statement released by Delmarva Power.
    There is also an increased chance of outages caused by drivers skidding on icy roads and hitting utility poles. Due to the increased chance of outages Delmarva Power will have line and tree crews on call. Customers can call 1-800-898-8045 or visit www.delmarva.com to report outages.
    Delmarva Power is also encouraging people to prepare for possible power outages by putting together an emergency kit with a first aid kid, flash light, battery powered radio, TV and clock, a stock of medicines and baby supplies, a cell phone or cord phone and a cooler.
    The Delaware Department of Transportation is also bracing for wintery weather and has already formed a plan for tomorrow's storm, according to Tom Greve, district engineer for DelDot's central district.
    "We'll have crews coming in at 4 a.m. to do monitoring and pretreating of the roads," Greve said. "We'll be fully staffed at 7 a.m…If it snows all day tomorrow, like it's supposed to, they'll spend most of their day behind the wheel. In the beginning they're just applying salt and then as the snow fall rate increases salt alone won't keep the roads clear and they'll plow. They'll plow until the snow stops."
    Even when the snow stops work isn't over for a snow plow operator. If the roads are wet and the temperature drops operators will salt the roads again to try and prevent the formation of ice, Greve said.
    Road conditions could remain treacherous for much of the day on Tuesday. DelDOT is encouraging anyone that does not have to travel to stay off the roads. Drivers should do their best to be aware of the road conditions and give snow plows extra room on the road, Greve said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Because the brunt of the storm will hit during morning commute hours, drivers should allow for extra time to get to work, slow down and be alert for treacherous roads, said Jim Westhoff, community relations officer for DelDOT.
    "The goal is to pretreat the road and stay ahead of any accumulation of ice before the morning commute," Westhoff said. "It's going to be a challenge tomorrow because the [snow] is going to happen right at morning rush hour."
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