While there is still uncertainty regarding the amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain that will occur late Sunday night and Monday, there is little doubt that a winter storm is on the way. A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from late Sunday night through Monday evening in Kent and Sussex Counties. Expect snow, sleet and freezing rain changing to all snow Monday morning. Snow accumulation of 6-10 inches, along with around a trace to possible one-tenth inch of glaze. Mixed wintery precipitation will develop late Sunday night after a mild Sunday afternoon. Temps falling into the upper 20s by Monday morning will result in slippery travel. Winds north 10-20 MPH with gusts up to 25 MPH.
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:
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
- 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
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. Additional Code Purple shelter information is on the below image.
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.