WEATHER ALERT: Storm warning upgraded; 2-6 inches of snow, hazardous driving conditions expected


A Winter Storm Warning in now effect from 2 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for snow, sleet and freezing rain, with accumulations of 2 to 6 inches possible. Precipitation is expected to start Tuesday afternoon and turn to all snow Tuesday evening, when it will become steadier and heavier. The snow should taper to scattered snow showers late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

According to the NWS, the snow will stick to roadways – especially but not exclusively to untreated ones. Any sleet or freezing rain would exacerbate icing, they noted. Snowfall rates are expected to cause the visibility to drop to or below a half-mile for a period of time. Driving will become hazardous, and the Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning commutes each may both be hazardous.

Winds are expected to increase after the snowfall, and blowing and drifting of snow are expected later on Wednesday. A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected, and this will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Meeting, event postponed

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting set for Jan. 13 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24.

The planned showing of the Dewey Beach-based film "Mayor Cupcake" at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., due to the weather. Tickets for the Jan. 11 show will be honored.

Sussex County officials offer precautions, tips

Sussex County emergency officials are offering tips and precautions ahead of Tuesday's expected storm. They can be found online at http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/docs/pressreleases/2011/01/winter.wx.preps....