Snow, wind gradually move out


Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories are cancelled as a lingering storm finally begins to release its hold on Delaware. Although this system didn’t dump significant snow accumulations on the state, it was another bump in what seems like a long road to spring.

Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service lifted the Winter Storm Warning for New Castle County and the Winter Weather Advisory for Kent and Sussex counties. Wind Advisories have also been cancelled for the state. While neighboring states received snow accumulations measured in feet, northern Delaware received between 3 and 4 inches and lesser amounts were recorded in Kent and Sussex. However, even with the smaller amounts of snow, the state felt the effects as high winds caused blowing snow to drift and reduce visibility and tree limbs and even power line poles were brought down earlier Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, light snow showers may continue off and on through Saturday, but no additional accumulation is expected.

Mike Williams, DelDOT spokesman, said blowing of light snow was a problem early in the day and could continue to obscure road markings. He said roads were plowed unless there was not enough standing snow to require it.

“Drivers still need to be extra alert to where they are on the road, Williams said.  “Slushiness from day light hours will quickly become ice and it could also be hidden by a light snow covering by evening travel period.”

According to Williams, full crews have been running in New Castle County and in Kent, Sussex counties, crews were monitoring conditions and responding as needed.

Delaware State Police dealt with moderate traffic crashes in each county through the day. Sgt. Walter Newton said troopers are asking that motorists use extra care when driving on snow covered roadways or wet roadways that could become icy at night. By mid-morning, 32 accidents were recorded in Kent and 21 in New Castle, reflecting morning commuter traffic while snow was heaviest.

With winds subsiding, emergency management officials are hoping that the worst is over regarding limbs and trees coming down. There have been sporadic power outages from downed power lines, but utilities have been able to keep up with power restoration.

The state and county emergency management agencies are closing out storm operations at the close of business on Friday, but all will have staff available through the weekend if conditions require action.

Residents are reminded to use caution if they drive this evening and to be careful walking on steps or sidewalks that might become icy.