Snow, rain, ice mix expected Wednesday

DOVER — A hazardous weather outlook and winter storm watch are in effect from Wednesday morning through the evening, according to the National Weather Service station in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Given the forecasts, Delaware State University and some New Castle County schools Tuesday evening began announcing closures for Wednesday.

“In an abundance of caution based on predicted inclement winter weather information provided by State of Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), the university has made an early decision to close all Delaware State University locations (Dover campus, Wilmington@DSU and Georgetown) Wednesday, Feb. 20,” DSU officials announced in a press release, adding that the early notice was “intended to limit unnecessary travel and provide the safest conditions for our students, faculty and staff.”

Appoquinimink School District, Early College High School, Newark Charter, MOT Charter, Odyssey Charter, Freire Charter, Las Americas Aspira Academy and Red Clay School District also announced schools would be closed.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the weather service was predicting possible “heavy mixed precipitation” and total snow accumulation between 2 to 5 inches throughout the state, northeast Maryland and southern New Jersey.

The snow is expected to hit sometime before 1 p.m., turn to a rain and snow mix between 1 and 4 p.m. and possibly sleet after that, according to the weather service’s forecast.

With a high near 37 degrees, icy conditions are expected on roads.

Trying to stay ahead of the weather, DelDOT has been busy pre-treating primary and secondary roads with brine throughout the state.
“All in all, we will use about 200,000 gallons of brine on our roads to prevent snow and ice accumulation,” said DelDOT spokesman C.R. McLeod.

The agency reminded motorists to exercise caution on their Wednesday morning commutes.

“We aren’t anticipating any tidal flooding or high winds with this event, but timing could certainly impact both the morning and evening commutes tomorrow before it has changed completely over to rain,” he said. “DelDOT crews are preparing snow plows today and they will be ready to begin plowing and salting as the storm moves in early tomorrow morning.”

Although more rain is forecast for Thursday, the weather service expects temperatures to start climbing back up in the morning with a high of 56 degrees predicted.

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