How to prepare for winter storm Toby

Weather forecasts currently indicate a winter storm that will impact the region beginning Tuesday, March 20th, with a light wintry mix expected today.

DOVER (DE): Heavy snow and significant impacts are expected throughout the day tomorrow. This type of weather pattern can create treacherous conditions for motorists who are traveling along Delaware roadways.

This is forecasted to be a heavy, wet snow which will be difficult to shovel and will stick to trees and power lines. It is likely that the snow fall and combination of strong winds could lead to power outages and tree damage. Coastal flooding is also a concern, with minor flooding expected tonight and minor to moderate flooding throughout the day on Wednesday.

Delaware State Police statewide continue to plan and prepare for the forecasted winter storm, as they 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 storms are for vehicle crashes, disabled vehicles, and abandoned vehicles which cause a major problem for DelDOT snow removal equipment and 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.

This would be an excellent time to check your vehicle ensuring it is in good working order for the expected conditions:

• Fill up the fuel tank in advance.

• Check the windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid, tire tread, battery life, etc.

• If you should have vehicle problems, be sure to stay with your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening.

• Be sure to have an emergency kit in the vehicle consisting of a blanket, bottled water, snack, cell phone charger, and a flashlight.

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