Sussex County Delaware

Caution Urged on
Roads Due to Ice
Weather ...

Predictions Call for
1 to 3 Inches of Snow

Photos: A winter storm on Friday, Feb. 7, created picturesque winter scenes across the county, including snow-covererd trees and an ice-covered tree that covered a bird's nest.

Winter Storm, Feb. 7, 2003Although little accumulation was recorded during the winter storm that passed through Sussex County on Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, the National Weather Service is cautioning motorists to be wary of icy patches on roadways into Tuesday morning.

Puddles left by melting snow Monday will become icy patches overnight, including dangerous black ice, as temperatures fail to break the freezing mark overnight into Tuesday morning.

The NWS said residents should be wary of icy patches on sidewalks and parking lots, as well as roads.

As snow fell on Sussex County late in the morning on Monday, the NWS expected 1 to 3 inches of accumulation Monday afternoon. And while the snow was heavy at times, the accumulations never materialized as the snow melted almost as soon as it hit the ground.

Winter Storm, Feb. 7, 2003The storm left the area late Monday afternoon and by early Monday evening, skies across the county began to clear.

Monday's storm came on the heels of a storm that dumped up to 8 inches of snow on Sussex County on Friday, Nov. 7.

The third winter storm of the season hit Sussex County late Thursday, Feb. 7, 2003.

As forecast, interior sections of the county received more snow than the coastal region, which saw snow first and then sleet and freezing rain by Friday morning.

The storm closed schools throughout the county, as well as Delaware Tech, Sussex County government offices, and state offices. The Delaware Department of Transportation "strongly" encouraged motorists to stay off the roads if possible.

Winter Storm, Feb. 7, 2003The National Weather Service upgraded its snow forecasts to 6 to 8 inches in interior sections of the county and 4 to 6 inches along the coast early Friday morning, but only about an inch accumulated along the coast and it was mostly gone by late Friday afternoon.

The central and western portions of the county received more snow, with reports of as much as 8 inches in Georgetown.

The coast got mostly freezing rain, which created icecicles on trees throughout the coastal region.

The service said that even main roads would be difficult to keep clear because cold temperatures would prevent melting and the heaviest snows would cover roads as soon as they were cleared.

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