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MassDOT Cautions Travelers to Plan Ahead for Coming Blizzard

MassDOT is cautioning the public to plan ahead for a significant snowstorm expected from late Monday evening into Tuesday, which could cause widespread snow drifting and decreased visibility.

“Our snow and ice crews are closely monitoring the forecast and we know this winter storm could bring over a foot of total snow accumulation to many areas as well as heavy winds that may combine with snow and reduce visibility, creating challenging driving conditions throughout the state,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Drivers should make smart decisions on whether or not they need to be on the roadways during this storm and consider measures such as delaying travel plans until after the snow has fallen.”

At this hour, a blizzard warning is in effect for Essex, Plymouth, Barnstable, and Dukes Counties from 11 p.m., Monday, through 8 p.m. Tuesday. MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather and will be pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.

In the worst storms, MassDOT’s Highway Division is able to utilize up to 700 personnel to perform snow and ice removal operations on more than 15,000 lanes miles of roadway throughout the Commonwealth. This winter, MassDOT will have approximately 4,200 pieces of state and vendor equipment available using over 150 depots and storage locations. This includes over 1,300 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders.

If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.


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Yet Another Coastal Storm for East Coast I-95 Travelers

The third coastal storm in 2 weeks is poised to bring gusty winds, minor coastal flooding, and areas of snow, heaviest in New England.

After the precipitation ends in the Mid-Atlantic region Monday night, attention turns to New England as the third nor’easter in two weeks is expected to bring significant snow from Connecticut to Maine, with some locations possibly getting in excess of a foot of snow. Parts of upstate New York are also likely to get heavy snow through the middle of the week. With the forecast track of the storm expected to be farther southeast than the last two events, the highest winds and waves should remain over the offshore waters.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for all of southern New England.

Snow will begin after midnight with heavier snow and near-blizzard conditions Tuesday morning lasting into the afternoon.

Potential for 1″ to 3″ of snow per hour, combined with high winds, could lead to near impossible travel conditions around Tuesday morning and even the Tuesday afternoon commute.


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Virginia DOT Crews Ready for Late-Winter Snow Monday

Despite spring being right around the corner, Virginia Department of Transportation crews will again be mobilized for snow that is forecast for Monday. Drivers should continue to monitor the weather as the timing of this snowfall could impact both morning and evening rush hours. Overnight temperatures through Wednesday are expected to be in the mid-20s, so drivers should be aware of possible refreeze. See National Weather Service forecast.

Crews will pretreat roads during the day Sunday, including critical locations such as bridges, ramps, overpasses, and turn lanes. VDOT asks those drivers who are out Sunday to give tanker trucks and trailing safety vehicles room to work. Pretreatment vehicles are heavy, not as agile as passenger vehicles, and require a larger turning radius.

By Sunday night, plow trucks will stage along roadways, ready to treat roads once snow begins to fall.

Drivers are asked to:

  • Stay closely tuned to weather forecasts throughout the day Sunday into Monday.
  • Consider adjusting trips around the forecast for safety.
  • Assume any “wet” pavement to be slick. Bridges, ramps, overpasses and lower-volume roads may get slippery first, and even previously treated roads will become slick quickly with the low pavement temperatures.
  • Ensure gas and wiper fluid tanks are full, and have a good emergency kit.
  • Be aware that low temperatures will mean continued potential for refreeze and slick road conditions.

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Delaware DOT I-95 Winter Storm Update

The Delaware Department of Transportation reports the following winter storm update:

In New Castle County, there is a chance of rain, snow, and sleet becoming snow after 9 a.m. today with an accumulation of 3 to 7 inches probable. In Kent County, rain before 9 a.m. There will be rain, snow, and/or sleet between 9 a.m. until noon. There is a chance of new snow or sleet in the afternoon of less than a half inch possible. Little or no snow is anticipated in Sussex County. The Department of Transportation’s crews will be plowing and salting roadways as needed in New Castle and Kent Counties.

The speed limit on I-495 has been reduced to 55 MPH.

Motorists should exercise extreme caution while traveling today and anticipate intermittent icy areas, particularly on less traveled roadways. With the lower temperatures, drivers should use caution on bridges, ramps, and overpasses as they freeze more quickly.

DelDOT officials ask motorists to drive slowly and be patient when driving near a DelDOT snowplow.


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MassDOT: Public Advised to Monitor Winter Conditions Wednesday

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is reminding the public that with winter weather expected Wednesday across Massachusetts, drivers should monitor conditions and allow extra time for travel.

“This storm is expected to bring snow, freezing rain, sleet, and ice to locations across the Commonwealth meaning that members of the public should monitor roadway conditions and make informed decisions before heading out onto the roadways,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “While the initial early morning commute may be free of impacts, we expect that heavy snow and mixed precipitation including sleet and freezing rain will fall throughout the day, possibly creating challenging conditions for the afternoon commute. Drivers should reduce speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and provide plenty of space to snow and ice equipment on the roadways.”

MassDOT’s snow and ice operations will be deployed as conditions necessitate. Crews are currently conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather including pretreating roadways with brine and Magnesium Chloride. MassDOT is also currently planning deployments of snowplows and spreaders and maintenance equipment.

If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to drive the conditions, lower their speeds, give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, and remember MassDOT’s message, “Don’t Crowd the Plow,” meaning that motorists should stay behind snow removal equipment on the roadways. MassDOT strongly urges drivers to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.


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Virginia DOT: Beware of Ice on Roadways

While road conditions continue to improve across areas affected by this week’s snowstorm, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is warning motorists to remain on the lookout for ice.

Below freezing temperatures are expected to continue through Sunday. This means even roads that have been cleared could have icy patches during the overnight hours and mornings.

Where conditions warrant, crews will work around the clock to plow and treat roads until they are passable. In many areas, crews are beginning to shift their focus to secondary roads and neighborhood streets.

With the continuing low temperatures, make sure your emergency winter driving kit is properly stocked and includes items to keep you warm. Allow extra time for the trip, drive at a low speed and stay at a safe distance from other vehicles.

If you encounter slow-moving equipment such as snow plows, slow down and give them the right of way.

 


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Pennsylvania DOT Urges Drivers to Use Caution During Winter Weather

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting drivers that winter weather and the potential for snow squalls are in the forecast for areas covered by PennDOT District 9 (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties).

Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists, including PennDOT plow truck drivers, face during the winter. Motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can quickly cause roads to become snow covered. Heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions that can greatly restrict or virtually eliminate a driver’s visibility.

PennDOT is prepared, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths — when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.


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