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Storm Report #1 – Wednesday Evening February 12 (10:30pm)

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014



(Smyrna) – Another winter storm is bringing snow to Delaware, but this one may bring some other problems in the form of power outages before it tapers off tomorrow evening.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as of 10:00pm, Wednesday, February 12th.  The EOC activation brings multiple response agencies together with DEMA serving as the coordinating lead agency.  DEMA is working along with other emergency response agencies across the state to monitor conditions caused by the winter storm and take appropriate action.

A Winter Storm Warning has been posted in New Castle County by the National Weather Service (NWS), which is in effect until 6:00am Friday, February 14th.  Kent County and the inland portion of Sussex County are also under a Winter Storm Warning, set to expire at 1:00pm Thursday, February 13th.  The coastal areas of Sussex County are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 7:00am Thursday.

A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect statewide from 5:00am Thursday until midnight Thursday night.  Areas of minor coastal flooding are expected with the Thursday morning and evening high tides. Areas of poor drainage will be affected and some roadway flooding may be experienced.

New Castle County can expect to see 3-5 inches of snow overnight, with an additional accumulation tomorrow that could bring the snowfall total to 6-8 inches.  Kent County should receive 2-4 inches overnight with additional two inches tomorrow.  Inland Sussex County may receive 1-2 inches before morning, with 1-2 inches additional on Thursday.  The beach areas may get less than an inch of snow tonight and tomorrow.

The morning rush hour will be impacted by the morning road and weather conditions. Motorists should extra time for their morning commute, reduce speeds, and use extreme caution while driving.  DelDOT crews are working on primary roads, bridges, toll roads, and known trouble spots.  Primary and secondary roads were pre-treated with a salt brine mixture. DelDOT reports that roads are wet with some accumulation starting on road shoulders.

Some school districts in Delaware have already announced closings for Thursday.  Parents, school employees and students should monitor district websites or other media outlets for information regarding closures. Information on school closings can also be found on the State of Delaware School Closings website (http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/).

The snow will be wet and heavy.  Winds Thursday morning may gust 25-35 MPH, with higher gusts up to 40 MPH along the coast.  The heavy snow accumulating on tree branches and power lines, combined with strong, gusty winds may combine to produce broken branches and downed power lines.

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Storm Report #1 – Wednesday Evening February 12 (10:30pm)

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014



(Smyrna) – Another winter storm is bringing snow to Delaware, but this one may bring some other problems in the form of power outages before it tapers off tomorrow evening.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as of 10:00pm, Wednesday, February 12th.  The EOC activation brings multiple response agencies together with DEMA serving as the coordinating lead agency.  DEMA is working along with other emergency response agencies across the state to monitor conditions caused by the winter storm and take appropriate action.

A Winter Storm Warning has been posted in New Castle County by the National Weather Service (NWS), which is in effect until 6:00am Friday, February 14th.  Kent County and the inland portion of Sussex County are also under a Winter Storm Warning, set to expire at 1:00pm Thursday, February 13th.  The coastal areas of Sussex County are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 7:00am Thursday.

A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect statewide from 5:00am Thursday until midnight Thursday night.  Areas of minor coastal flooding are expected with the Thursday morning and evening high tides. Areas of poor drainage will be affected and some roadway flooding may be experienced.

New Castle County can expect to see 3-5 inches of snow overnight, with an additional accumulation tomorrow that could bring the snowfall total to 6-8 inches.  Kent County should receive 2-4 inches overnight with additional two inches tomorrow.  Inland Sussex County may receive 1-2 inches before morning, with 1-2 inches additional on Thursday.  The beach areas may get less than an inch of snow tonight and tomorrow.

The morning rush hour will be impacted by the morning road and weather conditions. Motorists should extra time for their morning commute, reduce speeds, and use extreme caution while driving.  DelDOT crews are working on primary roads, bridges, toll roads, and known trouble spots.  Primary and secondary roads were pre-treated with a salt brine mixture. DelDOT reports that roads are wet with some accumulation starting on road shoulders.

Some school districts in Delaware have already announced closings for Thursday.  Parents, school employees and students should monitor district websites or other media outlets for information regarding closures. Information on school closings can also be found on the State of Delaware School Closings website (http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/).

The snow will be wet and heavy.  Winds Thursday morning may gust 25-35 MPH, with higher gusts up to 40 MPH along the coast.  The heavy snow accumulating on tree branches and power lines, combined with strong, gusty winds may combine to produce broken branches and downed power lines.

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