Winter precipitation in Delaware runs the gamut from plain old rain to blizzard-like conditions on rare occasions. Following is a look at the types of winter precipitation we see in Delaware.
Rain and Sleet
- Temperatures -- Snow typically occurs at temperatures raning from 30 to 31 degrees on the ground and 28 to 29 degrees in the clouds.
- Flurries -- Light snow falling for short durations, resulting in a light dusting or no accumulation.
- Showers -- Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation possible.
- Blowing Snow -- Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility and causes drifting. May be falling snow or loose snow picked up off the ground by the wind.
- Blizzard -- A rarity in Delaware. Winds of more than 35 miles per hour with snow and blowing snow reducing visibility to near zero.
- Sleet -- Forms from rain drops that freeze into ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet usually bounces when htting a surface and does not stick. It can, however, accumulate and make driving treacherous. Typically occurs at temperatures from 30 to 31 degrees on the ground and 32 to 34 degrees in the clouds.
- Freezing Rain -- Falls onto a surface with a temperature below freezing, causing it to freeze to surfaces such as trees, cars and roads and form a coating of ice. Can be very hazardous even in small accumulations. Typically occurs at temperatures from 30 to 33 degrees on the ground and 34 to 36 degrees in the clouds.
- Winter Storm Preparation
- Winter Storm Family Disaster Plan
- Watches, Warnings Explained
- When Caught in a Winter Storm
- Hypothermia and Frost Bite
- Mid-Atlantic Winter Storms
- Causes of Winter Storms
- Winter Storm Deaths
- Impact of Winter Storms
- Types of Winter Precipitation
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