Winter storm, coastal flood warnings in effect for Delaware

 

DOVER – While today’s weather is supposed to be mainly a rain event, tomorrow promises to be a winter wonderland on the second day of spring.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that will be in effect until 2 a.m. Thursday, as well as a coastal flood warning that will last until 5 a.m. Thursday.

“Heavy mixed precipitation is expected,” according to the NWS. “Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, are expected.

“In addition, north to northeast winds will gust 30 to 45 mph at times with potential for stronger gusts near the coast.”

Precipitation is expected to be mostly rain today in Kent County, though some mixing with sleet and freezing rain is possible especially in central Delaware.

Precipitation will transition to snow late tonight and Wednesday morning, becoming heavy at times Wednesday afternoon and early evening. Snow will gradually taper off Wednesday night.

Residents in the Dover area should plan on difficult travel conditions, especially on Wednesday and be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Power outages and tree damage may occur due to the weight of the snow.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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