Forecasters say foot or more of snow in Kent

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DOVER — The National Weather Service, in its 4 p.m. Friday briefing, has upped the snow forecast  to 12-18 inches across most of Kent County.

The forecast is for the snow, starting today, through 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

Additionally, the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning in the area.

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A light snow was falling on Legislative Mall in Dover about 6:30 p.m. Friday night. Photo by Andrew West/Delaware State News

In its afternoon statement, the National Weather Service said, “Snow is expected to overspread the area between 4 and 8 p.m. The snow may mix with sleet for a time on Saturday … then back to all snow toward Saturday evening before tapering off early Sunday morning.

“The strongest winds and greatest potential for blizzard conditions will be during the day Saturday.”

Northeast winds 25-35 mph with gusts to 55 mph are possible.

The northern portions of Sussex County could see 8-12 inches and totals drop off in the southern and coastal areas.

Wind, however, is the greatest concern in Sussex. The National Weather Service said coastal Sussex may have gusts of 60 mph Saturday, along with heavy rain at times.

Dan Satterfield, meteorologist for WBOC, is projecting 9-18 inches for the western and northern areas of Kent County.

“A major nor’easter snow event will continue through the night across Delmarva, with very heavy snows north of a line from Cambridge to Denton to just northwest of Dover where over nine inches is likely,” he wrote in his blog.

He said the snow will change over to rain for a while on Saturday over Central Delmarva, as far northeast as Dover.

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A light snow falls on Legislative Hall in Dover Friday night. Photo by Andrew West/Delaware State News

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