Ready for some snow? Weather watch is on

DOVER — Kent County could see its first snowfall of the year this weekend. The National Weather Service is calling for 1 to 2 inches of snow starting later today with a potential to continue until at least Sunday afternoon.

Snow could start falling this afternoon but is most likely to begin coming down as evening turns into night. That means Delaware residents could wake up Sunday to an find an inch or two of the white stuff.

“The heaviest snow for most of Delaware will be in that morning with some lingering stuff through the day on Sunday,” said Nick Carr, a meteorologist with the NWS office in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Despite the current partial federal government shutdown the NWS is largely functioning as normal. The agency’s website continues to be updated even though the website for the larger National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which contains the NWS, is offline.

Most forecasters are working as normal, although a few staff have been furloughed, Mr. Carr said.

The Delmarva Peninsula, he noted, could be the hardest-hit area on the East Coast, with predictions of up to 4 inches of snow in some spots, particularly in southern Delaware.

The NWS puts the odds of snowfall for Dover at 70 percent or higher from 7 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Sunday.

Although northern Delaware received 3 inches of snow in November just one week before Thanksgiving, the Delaware Environmental Observing System reports no snowfall totals south of Smyrna from that storm.

The last snowstorm to strike Kent, according to the system, occurred in March with the Dover area getting close to 6 inches of snow.

Unlike the past few days, the wind is expected to be a minor factor today.

But, forecasters say the wind chill should remain in the 20s for most of the weekend.

The temperature is unlikely to rise above the low 30s over the weekend. Wind will pick up again on Sunday.

This storm formed over the western part of the nation and was expected to drop snow from New Mexico to the East Coast, with northern Missouri and central Illinois forecasted to receive the biggest brunt of the impact — possibly 8 inches.

The Delaware Department of Transportation said Friday it is carefully watching the forecast and has begun spreading brine on the roads to melt snow and ice.

Drivers are urged to be careful and keep abreast of the storm’s expected impact.

If snowplows are dispatched, the DelDOT snowplow tracker will be available on the free DelDOT app and www.deldot.gov.

Those drivers on the road with snowplows are urged to give them plenty of space.

If DART and Paratransit services are disrupted by the weather, DART will issue Rider Alerts to those signed up for such notices.

More information is available at https://www.dartfirststate.com/.

Individuals can contact the DelDOT Transportation Management Center to report travel-related issues by dialing #77 from any cell phone in Delaware or call 659-4600 or 1-800-324-8379.

Additional snow information from DelDOT can be found at https://www.deldot.gov/About/faqs/index.shtml?dc=snowFAQ.

The Division of Parks & Recreation is urging all Delawareans and visitors not to sled or snowboard on or otherwise disturb the state’s dunes so as to protect the valuable wildlife habitats.

 

 


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