What to expect Thursday in Delaware with snow, sleet and freezing rain on the way

Brandon Holveck
Delaware News Journal

Forecasts are calling for up to 6 inches of snow in parts of Delaware as winter storms continue to sweep across the country.

Snow began falling early Thursday in New Castle County and is expected to continue until midday when it will change to sleet and freezing rain. A winter storm warning is in effect for New Castle County until 10 a.m. Friday.

A less severe winter weather advisory is in effect in parts of Kent and Sussex Counties until 10 a.m. Friday where slick roads are expected as a result of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

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Here is Thursday's forecast by county from the National Weather Service.

New Castle County: High near 31 with winds of 10 to 15 mph. Snow before 10 a.m., then snow and sleet between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Sleet after 12 p.m. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

At night, sleet possibly mixed with a freezing drizzle. Low around 28 with winds around 10 mph. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Kent County: High near 33 with winds of 10 to 15 mph. Snow and sleet before 2 p.m., then freezing rain and sleet between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Rain, freezing rain and sleet after 5 p.m. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than 0.1 inches possible. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

At night, a low around 30 with winds around 10 mph. Rain or freezing rain, becoming all freezing rain after 7 p.m. New ice accumulation of less than 0.1 inches possible.

Sussex County: High near 35 with winds of 10 to 15 mph. Snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 12 p.m., then rain or freezing rain between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m and rain after. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than one inch possible.

At night, then rain or freezing rain. Low around 32 with 10 to 15 mph winds. Little or no ice accumulation expected.

Jimmy Bottomley shovels snow off the sidewalk on Market Street Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Wilmington.

School announcements

  • Appoquinimink School District will hold virtual classes.
  • Brandywine School District will be in a remote learning day.
  • Caesar Rodney School District will be in a remote learning day.
  • Christina School District will be in a remote learning day.
  • Colonial School District will hold virtual classes on a delayed start.
  • Indian River School District has closed all schools and will not meet remotely.
  • Laurel School District has closed all schools and will not meet remotely.
  • Milford School District will be in a remote learning day.
  • New Castle County Vocational Technical School District will hold classes remotely.
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District will be in a remote learning day.
  • Seaford School District will be in a remote learning day.
  • Sussex Technical High School will hold classes remotely.
  • Woodbridge School District will be in a remote learning day.

Closures and delays 

  • Delaware City and Wilmington DMV facilities are closed Thursday.
  • Delaware court facilities and offices in New Castle County are closed Thursday.
  • State of Delaware offices in New Castle County are closed Thursday.
  • Curative COVID-19 testing sites are closing at 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • Curative COVID-19 vaccination events will be rescheduled for Friday. Those will appointments between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday can reschedule here.

Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @holveck_brandon.