WEATHER ALERT: Snow storm rapidly covering state; driving could be treacherous in all areas


The National Weather Service's Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 P.M., Monday, Dec. 27. Snow has been falling throughout the state and will become steadily heavier in the afternoon and evening. Accumulation of 8 to 12 inches is predicted for Sussex County with the slightly higher accumulations along the coast. The remainder of the state is still expected to receive up to 8 to 10 inches.
 
Accident reports mid-day Indicated that road conditions were deteriorating. By 10:30 A.M., Sussex had one personal injury accident, five property damage accidents and one disabled vehicle. State officials urge the public to complete any necessary driving as soon as possible.
 
DelDOT crews focusing their efforts on primary and multi-laned roads. Snow will likely accumulate on some of the minor roadways. Increasing wind speeds through the afternoon will also create the possibility of drifting snow covering some roads that have already been cleared.
 
Those who are traveling must give right-of-way to all emergency and road maintenance vehicles. Unnecessary travel that leads to minor accidents or disabled vehicles will impede road crews and possibly delay first responders in reaching locations where they are needed.
 
Strong winds gusting up to 35 and 40 mph can result in near-blizzard conditions, including white-outs and possibly causing damage to power lines. These conditions are expected to be worse from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday.
 
Snow and winds are expected to taper off after midnight, Sunday night, but light snow might continue into Monday morning. The public is being advised to check for closings and cancellations of events before venturing out today or Monday.
 
Delaware Emergency Management Agency is coordinating communications among local emergency management offices and all relevant state officials and organizations. The public is being urged to monitor all weather conditions and follow their household emergency plan to remain safe and to protect property. Whenever possible to do so safely, check on neighbors, family and friends who might need assistance. For tips on emergency planning, see www.dema.delaware.gov, www.delawarecitizencorps.org and www.ready.gov.