Sussex County Delaware

Winter Storm
Hits Sussex
Weather ...

Coastal Areas See
Up to Six Inches

The second winter storm of the season dumped up to 6 inches of snow on Sussex County overnight.

Beginning along the coast in southeastern Sussex Thursday evening, Jan. 16, 2003, and snowing into the early morning hours Friday, the storm closed schools and resulted in a delay for state employees based in the county.

Winter Storm, January 17, 2003The National Weather Service originally said the storm would continue with another inch or two of accumulation on Friday morning but lifted its Winter Storm Warning, saying the storm had moved out of the area and that only scattered flurries were possible today.

The state said non-essential state employees who work or live in Sussex should report to work at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The storm closed many schools in Sussex County and delayed others. School districts in the southern part of the county were mainly closed, while those in the northern part of the county were mostly under one- or two-hour delays.

The Delaware Department of Transportation, meanwhile, prepared more than 300 snow plows to clear roads in the state with approximately 80 of them working in Sussex County.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the county on Thursday, saying a low pressure system over northern Alabama would move into Georgia Thursday afternoon and off Cape Hatteras Thursday night, bringing precipitation that would turn to snow due to the freezing temperatures. The low is expected intensify and head northeast and out to sea Friday afternoon.

The NWS cautions motorists that freezing temperatures will prevent the snow from melting and could cause icy patches on roadways. The powdery nature of the snow will also cause drifting in areas prone to drifting.

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