WEATHER ALERT: Weather warning upgraded, road conditions dangerous, libraries closed
The National Weather Service has issued an updated weather report that includes a Winter Storm Warning for Delaware until 8 p.m. Saturday. Up to 4 inches of snow is now forecast, with visibility potentially under a mile, and numerous accidents have already been reported. Between 7:30 and 10 a.m., more than a dozen motor vehicle accidents had been reported in Sussex County due to snow. Only primary roads have been pre-treated by state transportation workers, and secondary roads are seeing sticking snow and dangerous conditions. Because of the weather, the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach and the Greenwood and Milton libraries are closed on Saturday. Travel is being discouraged and caution urged for those who do travel.
Key points from the NWS update:
A major storm over the Atlantic could bring more snow than previously predicted.
Snow is predicted to continue in Sussex County after a midday lull, with total accumulations of 4 inches.
The heaviest precipitation is predicted mid-afternoon Saturday, tapering off late afternoon and should be over by sunset. Snow is expected to stick to untreated roadways.
Winds will increase to 15 mph during the day Saturday and into Sunday, gusts up to 20 mph. These winds will result in some blowing and could effect visibility in some areas where accumulation is greatest.
Temperatures will stay below freezing, in the low 20s by Saturday afternoon, and, with wind chill factor, in the low teens and down to 10 degrees by midnight.
No precipitation is forecast for Sunday, but temperatures will stay low and there will be little or no melting of snow accumulations.
All Emergency Management offices and partners are monitoring the snow event. Extreme caution should be used at all times if travel is necessary during and after snowfall. Avoid exposure to bare skin when going outside. Make sure pets are appropriately sheltered or in the house.