Weather related reports for March 20-22

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MARCH 21

5:10 p.m. - statewide

Here are the snow totals as of 5 p.m. today, March 21, according to the Delaware Environmental Observing System at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Transportation. Note: Snowfall totals can vary in the same general area depending on wind, drifts and other factors.

DEOS reports

Here are the snow totals as of 5 p.m. today, March 21, as measured at the following DEOS locations.

Talley, 5.4 inches

Claymont, 4.5 inches

Greenville, 5.4 inches

Hockessin, 4.8 inches

Prices Corner, 4.2 inches

White Clay Creek, 5.0 inches

Newark, 4.9 inches

Glasgow, 5.4 inches

New Castle, 4.9 inches

Port Penn, 5.4 inches

Blackbird, 5.9 inches

Smyrna, 3.8 inches

Dover, 3.0 inches

West Dover, 4.1 inches

Woodside, 1.4 inches

Frederica, 0.8 inches

Harrington, 2.2 inches

Bridgeville, trace

Seaford, 0.4 inches

Dagsboro, none

Stockley, none

Nassau, none

Ellendale, trace

Lewes, none

Bethany Beach, none

Laurel, 0.4 inches

DelDOT totals

Here are the snow totals as of 5 p.m. today, March 21, as measured at the following DelDOT locations:

Talley, 5.4 inches

Kiamensi, 4.6 inches

Bear, 5.4

Middletown, 5.4 inches

Dover, 3.8 inches

Viola, 3.0 inches

Harrington, 1.8 inches

Bridgeville, none to 1 inch*

Georgetown, none to 1 inch*

Laurel, none to 1 inch*

Ellendale, none to 1 inch*

Selbyville, none to 1 inch*

*The DelDOT website only reports totals when they register over one inch.

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2:30 p.m. - New Castle and Kent counties

All DART bus service in Kent and New Castle Counties will be suspended at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 21. Riders should plan accordingly. Paratransit customers with scheduled trips after 6 PM in Kent or New Castle Counties will be contacted to reschedule to an earlier trip. Please call 1-800-652-3278, option 1 for more information.

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10:20 a.m. - Kent County

State of Delaware offices in Kent County are closing at noon. Nonessential employees who live or work in Kent County are to leave for the day at noon. Essential employees are to remain at work and report as scheduled.

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9:25 a.m. - For northern Delaware

The National Weather Service has downgraded the snowfall amounts expected from today’s winter storm in northern Delaware.

Now, additional snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected.

Late last night, the National Weather Service predicted an additional 11 to 15 inches of snow with localized amounts up to 17 inches of snow. Only a little bit of snow fell last night in northern Delaware.

Still, the National Weather Service predicts a wintry mix early this morning will change to snow through the morning hours from west to east in northern Delaware.

The snow becomes heavy at times especially from about midday through early this evening when snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour are expected.

The snow will taper off late this evening.

A winter storm warning is still in effect until 2 a.m. on Thursday, March 22.

Travel will be very difficult to impossible, especially during this evening’s commute, said the National Weather Service.

Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Once snowfall rates reach or exceed one inch per hour, it becomes difficult for road crews to keep up due to rapid accumulations.

The weight of the snow on trees and power lines can lead to power outages.

Unnecessary travel is not recommended especially this afternoon and evening, said the National Weather Service.

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The Delaware Emergency Operations Center at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) was activated as of 7 a.m.

Delaware Emergency Management Agency officials and other response agencies remain in communication with the National Weather Service for the latest information regarding the anticipated snow.

DEMA will issue a Status Update later this morning.

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MARCH 20

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast and is now calling for an additional 11 to 15 inches of snow on top of ice in northern Delaware.

Localized amounts up to 17 inches of snow are possible.

Ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected.

The winter storm warning is now in effect and will last until 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on Wednesday.

Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times with snowfall rates of an inch an hour possible from late Wednesday morning through the afternoon and possibly into the evening.

Highest accumulations will be in the hilly areas. There is some uncertainty as to the maximum snow and sleet amounts which may run closer to a foot in the Interstate 95 corridor.

Widespread power outages are expected during Wednesday afternoon from combined glaze and heavy wet snow loads.

Thundersnow is possible late Wednesday morning and afternoon. Blowing snow is possible on Thursday.