Up to three inches of snow expected by Friday morning

DOVER — More snow may be on the way tonight, which could affect Friday morning’s commute.

The National Weather Service is calling for 2 to 3 inches of the white stuff, as it will begin to move into the region later this evening and spread over the region through the overnight hours.

A winter weather advisory will begin tonight at 10 and last until 1 p.m. Friday.

The snow is expected to continue through mid-morning before tapering off early Friday afternoon.

“It will definitely impact the morning commute,” said Jim Bunker, observing program leader at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

“People should drive slow and be cautious as they head out to work (Friday) morning.”

Untreated roads and overpasses are expected to be slick by the start of the morning commute, but the Delaware Department of Transportation is already preparing for whatever the storm may bring.

DelDOT crews began spraying a water and salt mixture called brine onto the roads Wednesday and will continue to apply the mixture today, said Jim Westhoff, DelDOT community relations officer.

The water allows the material to soak into the lower portions of the roads, keeping it there until the snow begins to fall, and the salt can do its job.

Road salt minimizes and delays any accumulation of snow or ice onto the roads and bridges, he said.

By the end of the day, DelDOT officials plan to have every primary and secondary road in the state pre-treated, said Mr. Westhoff.

Mr. Bunker said the area will see some relief next week as temperatures are expected to hit near 70 on Wednesday.

“Once we get past this, the temperatures will start to rise,” he said.

“Temperatures will jump to nearly 5 to 10 degrees above average temperatures for this time of year.”

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