In Kent, 10 inches of snow with more on the way

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A DelDOT traffic camera at U.S. 13 and Del. 10 in Camden shows the state of the roads about 6 a.m. Saturday.

DOVER – Nearly 10 inches of snow has fall in some Kent County locations and Delaware remains under a state of emergency this morning.

The highest snow totals in Kent are Woodside and West Dover, with 10 inches recorded by the Delaware Environmental Observing System.

The major concerns in Southern Delaware today is high wind and drifting snow.

In Sussex, coastal flooding was a primary concern with high tide starting at 7 a.m. in Rehoboth Beach. Internet cameras showed waves crashing onto the dunes and dousing the boardwalk with saltwater.

At 6 a.m., much of Sussex County was experiencing rain and Kent County still getting snow. Forecasts expect it to shift back to all snow later today.

The National Weather Service said Dover should see snow and sleet before 7 a.m., then rain and snow between 7 a.m. and noon, then snow after noon.

“The rain, snow, and sleet could be heavy at times,” the forecast said.

There will be areas of blowing snow after 1 p.m.

Today’s high will be near 34, but feel much colder since the northeast wind will blow 32 to 37 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph.

The forecasters are projecting snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches today.

At 8 a.m. today, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued Level 2 driving restrictions. The state of emergency is still in place.

DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff reported that the wind is blowing snow back onto roads that plows had previously cleared, so plows are primarily still on main roads.

Mr. Westhoff said DelDOT will have crews out all day, in some cases placing barricades to block off flooded roads.

Statewide, there are 330 plows in service and about 500 employees are working, he said.

Snow measurements by the Delaware Environmental Observing System (at 6:30 a.m.):

•Woodside — 10.4

•West Dover — 9.6

•Dover — 7.6

•Laurel — 7.4

•Smyrna — 7.2

•Frederica — 6.6

•Ellendale — 6.1

•Harrington — 4.6

•Stockley — 4.3

•Selbyville — 4.0

•Seaford — 4.0

•Bridgeville — 4.0

•Nassau — 2.5

•Lewes — 2.4

•Bethany Beach — 0.4

 

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