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Nor'easter hits Delaware, but more rain than snow for most of state

Delaware Public Media

A nor’easter is making its way through the First State, but the kind of precipitation Delaware is getting is a bit different than initially forecast.

Joe Miketta is a forecaster with the National Weather Service.


“(It’s) mainly a rain event in the south and a mixture of rain, snow and some sleet up in the north,” said Miketta.


In New Castle County, some snow fell overnight, but the morning commute is likely to be marked by sleet and freezing rain, creating icy conditions.   Mixed precipitation is anticipated until around 11 a.m., when it changes over to snow.  1-3 inches of new snow and sleet accumulation is anticipated in New Castle County Tuesday on top of what fell overnight.  An inch or two fell from Middletown north, with Claymont reporting the most overnight snow, 2.3 inches.


Kent County and Sussex County are seeing mostly rain and wind and it is expected to remain that way for the duration of the storm with temperatures holding in the low 40s.  Kent County could see some snow mix in this afternoon and evening with no significant accumulation.


But the nor’easter is expected to bring more than snow and rain Tuesday.


A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday. Flooding is possible on many roads along Delaware’s coast Tuesday morning.


High tide and coastal flooding is expected to start around 9:15 Tuesday morning.


Up and down the state windy conditions are also anticipated. Winds of 20 to 30 miles-per-hour are also expected along the coast during the storm, with some gusts getting up to 50 miles-per-hour.



Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.