Nor’easter No. 2: Winter’s not going away without a fight

DOVER — Delaware is bracing for nor’easter No. 2, the second strong storm to impact the state in less than a week.

However, Valerie Meola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, said Kent County and the Dover area should be spared from much of the wintry part associated with the latest storm.

Ms. Meola said Kent County should prepare for a mostly rainy event, though winds could gust as high as 28 mph today.

It shouldn’t be nearly as powerful as last Friday’s nor’easter that blasted lower Delaware with rain, 65 mph wind gusts, power outages, downed trees and coastal flooding.

There will still be a good chance of downed trees and power outages today since the ground remains somewhat saturated from last week’s storm.

Ms. Meola expects some parts of New Castle County will be impacted by snow, with some areas receiving around four inches of the white stuff from the overnight hours into today.

“The winds are definitely not going to be as strong as they were with the storm from the last time around, which is good thing,” Ms. Meola said. “For Dover, I wouldn’t expect much in the way of snow.

“It looks like the snow will largely stay to the north of Dover. There may be a little snow that mixes in (Tuesday night), but it should change to rain for most of the day (today).”

Today’s National Weather Service forecast for the Dover area is calling for a mix of rain, snow and sleet, turning into all rain after 10 this morning. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

The NWS also predicted an east wind blowing from 13 to 18 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon with little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.

There will then be a chance of rain and snow before 7 p.m., then a slight chance of snow between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. It should be cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Meanwhile, much of New Castle County is under a winter storm watch from Tuesday night until Thursday morning at 3.

Charles “C.R.” McLeod, director of communications for the Delaware Department of Transportation, said motorists should be aware of changing road conditions throughout the state.

“The Department of Transportation’s officials are monitoring the storm predicted (Tuesday) evening through late Wednesday night,” Mr. McLeod said, in a press release. “A winter storm watch indicates that there is a potential for rain, snow or sleet that may impact motorists.

“With the lower temperatures, drivers should use caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses as they freeze more quickly.”

Mr. McLeod added, “Motorists should be aware of snowplows that may be slowing down, stopping or pulling over. DelDOT’s snowplows and trucks may travel over centerlines or along shoulders to improve road conditions.”

Following today’s nor’easter, Ms. Meola said things should calm down for the next several days for Kent County, with high temperatures reaching around 45 degrees each day into Sunday.

“We do sometimes see some pretty good March snowstorms, but the sun angle is getting higher and days are getting longer,” said Ms. Meola. “More snowstorms can definitely take place this season, but the good thing is that whatever does happen, it’s not going to stay around for very long.”

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

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