Winter’s not over yet, heavy snow fall expected Wednesday

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Various sources tell us they are tracking a nor’easter for Wednesday that could bring some major headaches to the Delaware area.

NEW CASTLE (DE): A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the Delaware area, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In our area, we will likely see 1-3″ of heavy, wet snow. Some areas will see up to 7 inches. There will be a band of up to 16″ of snow in part of the area. The exact amount depends on how close the low-pressure system tracks to the coast.

Forecasters say winds will be another factor in this storm, though they won’t be as severe as what we saw with Friday’s storm. We’re looking at 40-45 mph winds rather than 60-65 mph winds last week.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

There is still some uncertainty as to where the rain/snow line will set up Wednesday afternoon, and as a result, the Winter Storm Watch remains in effect and has not yet been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.

This does not mean there will not be impacts from the storm. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

Snow should begin tonight with slushy accumulations by dawn Wednesday. There should be a period where snow mixes with sleet and rain and may even change to plain rain in some locations on Wednesday. However, precipitation will turn back to snow before ending.

In the heaviest of the snow, snowfall rates will approach 1 inch per hour, and will be a heavy, wet snow.

It is possible for trees and power lines to be brought down by the weight of the accumulating snow, especially for areas where up to 6 inches fall.

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