The National Weather Service has placed Sussex County under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. today through Friday at 1 p.m.
The National Weather Service has placed Sussex County under a winter weather advisory beginning at 6 p.m. today through 1 p.m. on Friday.
According to www.weather.gov, a winter storm will blanket the area with snow tonight followed by drifting snow and a dangerously cold wind chill on Friday.
Low pressure just off the Mid-Atlantic coast will strengthen rapidly tonight and track northeastward away from the area Friday morning. As this occurs, snow will develop across the entire area tonight, then taper off late Friday morning. A dangerously cold air mass will overspread the area tonight and Friday as the storm intensifies out to sea.
The NWS is predicting snow accumulation in the area of between two and four inches, with lesser amounts in the far south and near the coast. Precipitation should start as rain late this afternoon before changing to snow late this evening. The bulk of the snow is expected overnight into Friday morning.
Winds are estimated to be between 15 and 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. Temperatures will hit a low of about 15 degrees by daybreak with wind chill at just below zero degrees.
Hazardous road conditions are expected to begin tonight as snow accumulates and temperatures plunge into the 20s. The snow late tonight will be fluffy and as winds increase, blowing and drifting snow may add to travel hazards. Visibility is expected to be less than one half a mile at times.
A "winter weather advisory" means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility while driving.