According to the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) snow tracker, most of New Castle County saw 2-4 inches.
NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: After waiting more than two hours after the snow began, New Castle County began seeing a punch. The national Weather Service in Mount Holly was calling for 2-4 inches in New Castle County and not more than 5 inches statewide with slippery road conditions and morning commute being impacted.
According to the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) snow tracker, most of New Castle County saw 2-4 inches as was predicted by the National Weather Service. Smyrna received the most in the county measuring at 4.2 inches. The snow stopped falling in Smyrna around 7:30 a.m.
The snow monitoring stations directly measure snow depth, which is processed every five minutes to produce snow accumulation data.
DELDOT was busy overnight keeping the roads treated and plowed and they continue to work to make the roads safer according to Charles McLeod, a DELDOT spokesman who is also asking for the public to give the snow plows plenty of space.
“The storm is already moving out and road conditions will continue to improve. Our plow crews have been out through the overnight hours and please give them plenty of space to work!”
By 8 a.m., DELDOT snow plows had cleared most Delaware roadways but some side streets or “roads less traveled” still had slush or snow that had blown back across them.
Here’s a look at the storm total snowfall from this morning’s snow storm. Generally 2-4″ fell across PA and NW NJ, 3-6″ across much of NJ, and 2-4″ across Delmarva (all with locally higher amounts).
The snow, which was predicted to start around 10 p.m., didn’t actually start until after 12:30 a.m. Once it did start, it took more than two hours for the snow to actually pack on the ground and was mixed with some periods of light rain or drizzle. By 4:30 a.m., the snow became thicker and began causing slippery road conditions.
By 5;30 a.m. the snow in New Castle County began to wear off and move out of our area.
The first snow storm of the New Year hit the Delaware area Monday January 8, 2021 and dropped various amounts throughout the state. Along with it brought high winds, limited visibility and nasty road conditions. In New Castle County, the snow accumulation had the least which was 1-3 inches. However, Kent and Sussex County saw as much as 6-8 inches.
As for the future weather outlook, light rain will move into the region Sunday ahead of a cold front. Cold air lingering at the surface will result in an initial period of freezing rain tomorrow morning into the early afternoon north and west of I-95. We have issued a Winter Weather Advisory for these areas for a light glaze across the northern Philly metro to up to a tenth of an inch of ice across the Poconos.