WEATHER ALERT: Winter Weather Advisory for area, with snow, bitter temperatures predicted


The National Weather Service has issued an updated weather report that includes a Winter Weather Advisory for Delaware until 8 p.m. Saturday. Although this snow event is not expected to cause great disruption to the state, state officials are advising residents and visitors to monitor local conditions and exercise caution if travel is necessary.
 
Key points from the NWS update:
 
A major storm over the Atlantic could bring more snow than previously predicted.

Snow is predicted to start approximately  7 a.m. in Sussex County, with total accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.
Snow predicted to start approximately 10 a.m. in Kent and New Castle counties, total accumulations, 2-4 inches.
The heaviest precipitation is predicted from late morning to mid-afternoon Saturday, tapering off late afternoon and should be over by sunset. Snow is expected to stick to untreated roadways.

Winds will increase to 15 mph during the day Saturday and into Sunday, gusts up to 20 mph. These winds will result in some blowing and could effect visibility in some areas where accumulation is greatest.

Temperatures will stay below freezing, in the low 20s by Saturday afternoon, and, with wind chill factor, in the low teens and down to 10 degrees by midnight.

No precipitation is forecast for Sunday, but temperatures will stay low and there will be little or no melting of snow accumulations.

All Emergency Management offices and partners are monitoring the snow event. Extreme caution should be used at all times if travel is necessary during and after snowfall. Avoid exposure to bare skin when going outside. Make sure pets are appropriately sheltered or in the house.