Snow Storm Preparations Already Underway - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Snow Storm Preparations Already Underway

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Seaford, Del.- Unfortunately for some people, staying home Tuesday won't be an option. Thankfully, preparations to keep you safe began early Monday.  Brine, a mixture of salt and water, has been placed on the roads of Sussex county by DelDot a day before the storm is expected to hit.

DelDot says they are prepared to continue putting out the salt water mixture until the roads are completely cleared.  And there is no need to worry about running out of salt.  They have tens of thousands of tons of salt in the state.

Unfortunately, when temperatures drop into the teens and single digits, as we are expecting, salt is not as effective. WMDT's meteorologist Daniel Johnson says, "the snow will stick quicker than what it normally does, and turn to ice very quickly."

Regardless, DelDot says they will be putting brine on the roads before the first snow flake falls Tuesday morning, and will continue salting and plowing as long as it takes to clear the roads.

DelDot's James Westhoff says, "even though we've done all this work, pre-treating and plowing, people should still give themselves lots of time before they head out to work, give yourself more time for travel."  He also asks, if you see one of their vehicles salting the roads, to leave them 1,000 feet of space between you and them. This will protect your car from possible damage, as well as allowing the salt to correctly coat the road.

Officials suggest, if you can, simply do not to drive at all Tuesday.  But if you must venture out, be sure to turn on your headlights, leave extra distance between cars, and give yourself more time to reach your destination.

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