A winter storm warning will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday and continue until 1 p.m., Friday.
A winter storm warning, issued by the National Weather Service, will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday evening and continue on into midday Friday. It is expected that the storm will begin with rain late Thursday afternoon and that snow will start in the evening, with most of the snow falling overnight and into early Friday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting between 4 and 6 inches of snow to accumulate in the Kent County area, with less snow falling in southern or coastal areas. A dangerously low wind chill is expected for Friday.
The low temperature around daybreak Friday, is expected to only reach 15 degrees, with a wind chill of around 0 degrees. Snow mixed with such low temperatures could lead to icy roads, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation. DelDOT is urging drivers to limit their travel to essential trips and to allow plenty of time to reach destinations.
After spending the day pre-treating the roads with salt and salt brine, crews in Kent and New Castle counties will remain at work, said DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff. Plows will be staged throughout the state in order to quickly response as soon as the snow starts to fall, he added.
"With the expected high winds and low temperatures, drifting may become a major challenge, with the snow blowing back onto roads that have already been plowed," Westhoff said.
Winds are expected to be between 15 and 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 miles an hour. Roads could become hazardous late this evening as temperatures fall into the 20s and snow begins to accumulate. Car-door locks could freeze and drifting and blowing snow due to high wind will increase driving hazards, according to the National Weather Service.