Five inch snowfall possible by Saturday afternoon

DOVER — Hazardous weather outlook and winter storm watch warnings are in effect for downstate Delaware over the next few days. The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, predicts that a Saturday coastal storm could dump five or more inches of snow, but say that even small shifts in the storm track could result in significant changes to snowfall amounts.

The winter storm watch will remain in effect from late tonight through Saturday afternoon. The weather service expects heavy snowfall Saturday morning and early afternoon which will taper off in the late afternoon. They note that conditions will likely cause hazardous travel on Saturday with snow covered roads and poor visibility. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s.

The broader hazardous weather outlook warning covers New Castle and Kent counties. A strengthening area of low pressure is forecast to pass off the southeastern coast tonight before moving out to sea on Saturday, but may have lingering effects. The weather service does note that the probability for “widespread” hazardous weather remains low.

The Delaware Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution after winter weather moved through the state.

Transportation officials said in a statement that pre-treating the roads with salt appears to have been effective in preventing any snow accumulation. Officials say the state’s roads and bridges are mainly wet but there may be some icy spots.

Officials say motorists traveling today should use caution because temperatures are hovering around freezing and a wet road can quickly become ice covered if conditions change.

Officials say more than 300 Delaware Department of Transportation crew members have been working to apply salt to roads and bridges and will continue to work today.


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