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Dover Police Shares Winter Storm Information/Safety Tips

Latest Update:  

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning to take effect on Wednesday, February 12th at 10pm for Kent County, until Friday at 1am.  As of Tuesday at 5pm, the National Weather Service Center is predicting the following possibilities to affect the Dover/Kent County Area:

  • 3″-8″ of snow
  • Icing up to 1/10″ accumulating on roadways, trees, wires, etc
  • 20-30 mph winds with the possibility of 40 mph wind gusts
  • Minor Coastal Flooding is possible

City of Dover Citizens:

  • The City of Dover Police Department will continue normal patrol operations throughout the duration of the storm and has a fleet of 4×4 vehicles prepared to continue to serve the City of Dover.
  • The following streets must be cleared of parked vehicles within 1 hour of the first snowfall:  Division Street, Water Street, Governors Avenue, and State Street.  Vehicles not moved are subject to ticketing and towing at the owners expense by the City of Dover Police Department.
  • City of Dover residents must clear their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours after final snowfall.  This code is strictly enforced by City of Dover Inspections/Code Enforcement.
  • The City is requesting that residents NOT leave trashcans and other items on the curb/sidewalks to allow room for the plows to clear the roadways without obstacles.
  • If possible, do not park on any roadsides to allow plows the ability to properly clear roadways.


The City of Dover Police Department strongly urges motorists to avoid any unnecessary travel once the snow begins to fall.  Driving only puts you and public safety workers at risk.  This also allows the plow drivers plenty of room on our roadways to properly clear the roads of accumulating snow.  If you must travel, please follow the following recommendations:


Preparation Tips

The American Red Cross recommends the following preparations for winter storms:

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
  • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves

Shelter Information:

People seeking shelter should dial 211 from any phone.  An Intake Housing Specialist will be available to assist between the hours of M-F; 8-5.  After hours calls to 211 will be directed to shelters with openings.


The City of Dover Police Department are asking all pet owners to bring your pets indoors or ensure they have adequate covered shelter.  Pets must have fresh water, food, and DRY bedding under a covered shelter.  Violators can and will be cited by Dover Animal Control and/or Police.