Governor issues limited state of emergency as snow begins to fall


Snow started at Rehoboth Beach around 5:15 a.m. Saturday as roads and the boardwalk started to get covered with the wind blowing about. 20 mph.

The snow started falling shortly before sunrise Saturday, and southern Delaware is bracing for as much as 9 inches before the day is out.

Gov. Jack Markell issued a limited state of emergency for Sussex County, effective at 8 a.m. It includes a level one driving warning, which encourages all non-essential personnel to stay off the roads and anyone who is driving to exercise extra caution.

Sussex and Kent Counties are under a winter storm warning, while New Castle County is under a winter storm watch. The snow will fall thicker the further south you go, National Weather Mitchell Gaines said.

“It will be coming down at a pretty good clip, particularly in the Georgetown area,” Gaines said. “Even treated roads could get very slippery.”

Gaines said about 5 to 9 inches could fall between Dover and Georgetown. The upper part of the state should get between 2 to 5 inches.

The snow is expected to continue falling through the late afternoon or early evening.

Near the coast, winds could gust over 35 miles an hour, Markell’s news release said.

DelDOT reported at 2 a.m. to begin plowing and salting after working through the night to keep ice off the roads.

Contact Matthew Albright at, (302) 324-2428 or on Twitter @TNJ_malbright.


The national weather forecast for Saturday, January 7, 2016, called for a snow storm that could leave up to 10 inches of snow in some parts of the East Coast.

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