First snowfall of season mild in area


Sussex County has taken the brunt of the season's first winter storm so far, but the rest of the state can expect to feel its effects during the day and into the evening on Saturday.

Seven inches of snow had already fallen in Littleton at 8 p.m., with accumulations of 6 inches or more seen in North Reading, Auburn, Leominster, Ashby, Westminster, Lunenberg, Mendon and North Grafton, according to the National Weather Service. As the system continues to develop this morning, snow showers fill in through about 10 A.M., and then becomes a period of light snow, especially for the eastern half of the region.

Up to 5 inches of snow could fall there today, the weather service said. Airport spokesman Reese McCraine said more than 400 flights were cancelled Saturday morning. More than 382,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity Saturday in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

A winter storm warning remains in effect today for expected heavy snow, according to the National Weather Service in NY.

Additional snow accumulations will be possible on area roads.

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The Delaware Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory, saying roadways will be slippery and visibility reduced as the state could see measurable snowfall Saturday. Totals out that way will be 3-5 inches or more.

The weather band also brought a rare snowfall to parts of South Texas.

A coastal storm could drop snow on the far corners of Upstate New York this weekend.

The first significant snowfall of the season could occur as early as Friday night, the National Weather Service is reporting.