‘Pre-Christmas’ snowstorm hitting the state Saturday

DOVER — As of Friday evening, the National Weather Service predicted snowfall throughout the night with a low temperature of of 30 degrees.

Today, forecasters anticipated a high of 34 degrees with winds up to 10 mph and new snow accumulation between 3 to 5 inches across central Delaware.

Dan Satterfield, chief meteorologist at WBOC, said Friday evening the heaviest band of snow in the area would bring 4-8 inches. The wide swath covers an area that stretched northeast from Farmington in Kent and Gumboro in Sussex.

“We’re going to have a pre-Christmas snow,” he said.

The weather service noted that there remains a chance snowfall could amount to as much as 8 inches in some parts of Central Delaware.

“The heaviest snow accumulation should occur between midnight and noon Saturday,” forecasters for the National Weather Service said in a winter weather advisory.

The National Weather Service briefing said there will be “limited impacts expected … no icing, no coastal flooding and no damaging winds.”

A slushy accumulation will mainly be on untreated surfaces and grassy areas, the forecaster said.

For Dover, forecasters predicted a low temperature of 33 degrees and a high of 35 today.

The weather service said a chance of more snow before midnight remained, but likely wouldn’t result in additional accumulation. For Sunday, the forecast calls for temperatures to rise to near 38 degrees without snow. However, the state could once again see some precipitation on Tuesday.

In preparation, the Delaware Department of Transportation is monitoring the forecast and releasing updates. As of Friday evening, the agency was pre-treating major roads with brine.

Drivers should drive carefully during inclement weather and keep their distance from snowplows.

For weather-related transit service disrupt- ions, visit https://www.dartfirststate.com/.

Cancellations

• The Delaware Department of State announced that the Delaware Day 4th Grade Competition awards ceremony scheduled for today at the Delaware Public Archives has been postponed. A new date for the event has not yet been set.

• The Buena Vista Holiday Open House in New Castle scheduled for today was canceled, according to the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

• DelDOT canceled weekend roadwork on I-95 and I-495 northbound lanes. The road patching has been rescheduled for Dec. 15 and 18.

• Caesar Rodney High School ACT administration scheduled for today was canceled, said the district.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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