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Storm Report #3 Thursday, March 5, 2015 (5:00pm)

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2015



(Smyrna) – State offices were closed today by order of Governor Jack Markell, with non-essential employees told to not report, while essential employees reported at their normal times.  County offices in New Castle and Sussex Counties were closed, but Kent County officers were open, although operating under a liberal leave policy.

The statewide Winter Weather Warning remains in effect until 7:00pm this evening.  The storm system moved into the state slower than expected.   Despite the slower speed, the National Weather Service forecast of 4-8 inches of snow in New Castle and Kent Counties, and 4-6 inches in Sussex County remains in place.  Moderate to heavy snow is falling across the state, and the snow is expected to end by sunset.  Temperatures will drop tonight and overnight, resulting in a low temperature at sunrise Friday in the single digits.  North to northwest gusting winds up to 20 MPH will combine with the low temperatures to create sub-zero wind chills.

The Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) reports the highest amount of snowfall in the state (as of 4:30pm) is at Greenville with 6.9 inches.  The highest accumulation amounts are in the northern parts of the state, while along the coast, Bethany Beach is reported with just a trace of snow.   Dover has more than 4 inches, while the highest accumulation in Sussex County is 3.5 inches in Ellendale.

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) crews have been on the road all day in all three counties.  A number of collisions have been reported across the state as road conditions have become hazardous.

Amtrak is running a modified service schedule, while the hours of operation for DART transit service has been modified, with early shut downs.  Details can be found at http://www.dartfirststate.com.

The speed limit on I495 was lowered to 45 MPH.  and the speed on I295 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge was dropped to 35 MPH.

There have been a few power outages across the state so far, with no more than two dozen at any particular time.

Many schools in Delaware were closed.  A full listing of school closings can be found at http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/.

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Storm Report #3 Thursday, March 5, 2015 (5:00pm)

Delaware Emergency Management Agency | Date Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2015



(Smyrna) – State offices were closed today by order of Governor Jack Markell, with non-essential employees told to not report, while essential employees reported at their normal times.  County offices in New Castle and Sussex Counties were closed, but Kent County officers were open, although operating under a liberal leave policy.

The statewide Winter Weather Warning remains in effect until 7:00pm this evening.  The storm system moved into the state slower than expected.   Despite the slower speed, the National Weather Service forecast of 4-8 inches of snow in New Castle and Kent Counties, and 4-6 inches in Sussex County remains in place.  Moderate to heavy snow is falling across the state, and the snow is expected to end by sunset.  Temperatures will drop tonight and overnight, resulting in a low temperature at sunrise Friday in the single digits.  North to northwest gusting winds up to 20 MPH will combine with the low temperatures to create sub-zero wind chills.

The Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) reports the highest amount of snowfall in the state (as of 4:30pm) is at Greenville with 6.9 inches.  The highest accumulation amounts are in the northern parts of the state, while along the coast, Bethany Beach is reported with just a trace of snow.   Dover has more than 4 inches, while the highest accumulation in Sussex County is 3.5 inches in Ellendale.

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) crews have been on the road all day in all three counties.  A number of collisions have been reported across the state as road conditions have become hazardous.

Amtrak is running a modified service schedule, while the hours of operation for DART transit service has been modified, with early shut downs.  Details can be found at http://www.dartfirststate.com.

The speed limit on I495 was lowered to 45 MPH.  and the speed on I295 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge was dropped to 35 MPH.

There have been a few power outages across the state so far, with no more than two dozen at any particular time.

Many schools in Delaware were closed.  A full listing of school closings can be found at http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/.

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