Upcoming storm forecasts still taking shape

DOVER – Delaware’s weather is notoriously tough to predict with a sense of accuracy, that much is certain.

The Dover Police Department said as much on Wednesday, citing “many conflicting forecasts for the weekend” with a variance of 1 to 3 inches of snow to a foot of the white stuff.

Department of Transportation crews often apply brine, a mixture of salt and water, on roads — such as this one in Harrington Wednesday — days before a snow event. While the water may evaporate, the remaining salt granules settle into the crevices of the road surface, adhering to the road, allowing vehicles to travel the road without blowing the salt into the shoulders. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

Department of Transportation crews often apply brine, a mixture of salt and water, on roads — such as this one in Harrington Wednesday — days before a snow event. While the water may evaporate, the remaining salt granules settle into the crevices of the road surface, adhering to the road, allowing vehicles to travel the road without blowing the salt into the shoulders. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

Regardless, the Delaware Department of Transportation urged residents to stock up on supplies early and avoid the rush on Friday.

“We encourage people to get their supplies today,” DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff said.

The National Weather Service forecast “with high confidence” a major winter storm running from late Friday through Saturday night but had “lower confidence in the details.”

The forecast covered Delaware, New Jersey and northeast Maryland, and speculated on the chance for a significant snow accumulation, especially inland from the coast.

“Snow late Friday should mix with or change to rain or sleet for a time Saturday morning,” according to the NWS. “Especially along the coast, any sleet or rain should change back to snow Saturday afternoon.

“Gusty northeast winds could produce blowing and drifting snow, mainly in areas where the snow is wet.”

The NWS said 60 mph wind gusts along coastal areas were possible Saturday morning. A high probability for moderate to major coastal flooding during a high tide cycle including the Delaware Bay, Atlantic Coasts of Delaware and New Jersey were possible.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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