The first storm of the New Year closed schools and government offices throughout Sussex County and the state on Monday, Jan. 6, 2004, and the National Weather Service said more could be in store on Tuesday.
With three to four inches on the ground in Sussex County by Monday morning, all schools in the county announced closings, as did Sussex County government offices.
Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner also announced that state offices would be closed on Monday except for essential state personnel.
"There is at least four inches of snow on the ground in most parts of the state so far, with accumulation forecast to continue through the morning," said Gov. Minner.
"DelDOT crews are working to keep primary roads and some secondary roads clear as the snow is falling, but they expect that they won't reach back roads in all three counties until this afternoon."
The NWS said the snow should change to freezing drizzle and sleet by late morning or early afternoon on Monday as temperatures rise above the freezing mark. Final accumulations should be in the 4- to 7-inch range, the NWS said.
In addition, the NWS said that the next round of this system would begin to pull together Tuesday afternoon or evening and that the potential exists for more significant snowfall from that round.
A Small Craft Advisory has also been issued for the coast through mid-morning Monday.