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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says the federal government will reimburse Maryland state and local governments $25.4 million to cover most of their costs related to a January snowstorm.

Spokesman Ed McDonough said in an email Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid about $4 million to date.

The payments follow a presidential disaster declaration in March for the storm Jan. 22-23 that buried the state in up to 38.5 inches of snow.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - January's snowstorm cost public schools and county and municipal governments in Frederick County $3.9 million.

According to a preliminary damage assessment report, county government agencies spent about $1.8 million responding to the snowstorm.

Nine municipalities in the county spent a total of $1.6 million. The town of Brunswick had storm-related costs of more than $251,000, the report states. About $160,000 went to replace and repair the public works building that collapsed after the storm and the equipment inside.

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Virginia got White House approval for a declaration of disaster which will provide supplemental aid to the state.

January’s snow storm struck the commonwealth hard and the federal funds will go toward repairing and replacing infrastructure.

WBOC reports that twenty counties and five cities were particularly hard hit by the storm.

Meanwhile, Maryland got approval for a disaster declaration last week while Delaware is still awaiting a response to its request.

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As this week’s snow draws near a coastal flood advisory is in effect for the Delaware coastline into tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service says the alert bean at 5 a.m. this morning through 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The storm surge is expected to be as high as 2 and a half feet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that as the winter storm advances tomorrow the ocean waves are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet.

The bay could see a height of up to 5 feet.

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It will cost anywhere from $150-thousand to $400-thousand to repair the damage to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach by the recent winter storms.

That’s the estimate from a city consulting engineer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city commissioners are now trying to decide how to come up with the money.

Commissioner Stan Mills says told the paper that there was a hope that the federal government might provide some assistance as well as some help from Delaware lawmakers.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Natural Resources officials are wasting no time in cleaning up and reinforcing Rehoboth Beach after last month's snowstorm.

A worker was operating a dozer through the sand less than two weeks of the snowstorm hit, pushing sand the edge of the dry beach to the dunes, over a layer of water.

This process reinforces the dunes, Tony Pratt of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control tells WBOC-TV.

Pratt says nature does most of the work, but the dozers can speed things up a bit.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The South and East are bracing for a nor'easter at week's end with the potential for significant snowfall.

The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center warns of heavy, "perhaps crippling" snow across the northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, the weather service issued blizzard and winter storm watches for parts of Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia. The watches start as early as Thursday and stretch into Saturday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware transportation officials say very low temperatures and packed snow and ice are making it tough to plow roads in the state.
Officials say all crews are still on the job Friday and their goal remains clearing primary and some secondary roads, a day after a snowstorm dumped a half a foot of snow in some areas.

The heaviest snowfall in Delaware occurred in Greenville at 7 and a half inches and in Hockesson at 6 and a half inches.

Dover received just over 5 inches while Bethany Beach got just shy of 3 inches.

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35-year old Paul Tatem has been found not guilty of murdering an elderly man in his home last April.

The jury took three hours to deliberate yesterday morning before returning the verdict.

The charges included not only murder but armed robbery counts as well.

The jury did find Tatem guilty of one charge of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction.

72 year old Donald Mariner who was found dead in his home on Pemberton Drive in Salisbury last April.  

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Delmarvans began digging themselves out of this week’s snow storm.

In Salisbury stretching down to Snow Hill residents saw as much as 8 inches of the white stuff.

Ocean city saw 7 inches.

The Crisfield and Parsonsburg and Laurel areas saw around 6 inches.

And, up in Lewes and Bethany Beach there was 5 inches of snow.

Delmarvans Out and About

The snow fall ended around mid-morning when motorists stopped by a local gas station in Salisbury:

Snow: Not Quite As Bad As Predicted

Jan 27, 2015

Delmarva got off easy as the great snow storm of 2015 turned out to be – not so great.

Forecasters had originally expected 1 to 3 feet of snow in New York and the Northeast.

Now, those numbers have been downgraded to perhaps 2 feet in Boston and Rhode Island while New York was expected to see 10 to 20 inches and New Jersey was looking at 6 inches.

Here in the Salisbury area residents had braced for something bigger.


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BALTIMORE (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says the brutal winter led to potholes and nearly 120,000 service calls for flat tires.

AAA said in an email Monday that the calls for flat tires from January through April were 22 percent higher than the same period last year. The group says potholes have wreaked havoc on vehicles.

The number of potholes this year is the highest since the winter of 2009-2010, when the storm known as Snowmageddon hit the Mid-Atlantic.

Snow Returns to Delmarva

Mar 17, 2014
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The winter has blown in -- at least -- one more blast of snow this morning.

There’s a winter storm warning in effect with 2 to7 inches of snow already on the ground.

The rest of the day is expected to turn into a mix of snow and rain.

400 men and women from Delaware Department of Transportation have been working since 9 p.m. last night, salting and plowing the roads. So far, snow amounts are heaviest in Sussex and Kent Counties

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say troopers are responding to dozens of crashes and disabled vehicles statewide as a snowstorm moves through the state.

Police say troopers were called to 60 crashes during the morning rush on Tuesday, including five crashes with minor injuries. They were also called to help with 25 disabled vehicles statewide. Police say most of the incidents involve single vehicles going off the road when motorists lose control in treacherous conditions.

Even as Delawareans dust themselves off after another snow storm the National Weather Service is predicting a bigger snow threat this weekend.

AccuWeather meteorologist Alan Reppert told the Wilmington News Journal that it it could be the worst this winter combining two storms coming in from the Midwest and another from the Southeast.

The National Weather Service says it is still too early to predict the amount of accumulation for this weekend.

There’s another winter storm warning for New Castle County beginning at 11 p.m. tonight lasting until 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Forecasters are predicting 1-to-2 inches of snow with up to a quarter inch of ice.   

There’s also a winter weather advisory for Kent County which is expected to get just a slight coating of snow.

Northern Delaware residents have just emerged from yesterday’s snow fall that registered 2.7 inches around Greenville and Pike Creek.

And the National Weather Service is expecting at least two more storms headed our way.

There’s a winter weather storm warning for New Castle County area ending sometime around 5 p.m. tonight with an expectation of 4 to 6 inches of snow.

There’s also a winter weather advisory for Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties with a transition from rain to snow late in the morning.

Expect 1 to 2 inches of slush accumulation.


Several school districts and state offices in New Castle County are closing ahead of a snowstorm.

Appoquinimink School District

Brandywine School District

Colonial School District

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Delmarvans emerged from another snow storm yesterday with Lewes, Delaware reporting up to 8 inches of snow.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency said Kent and Sussex county got 3 to 5 inches of snow.

On the Maryland Eastern Shore it was more like 4 to 6 inches of snow.

For Accomack County there were reports of up to 5.5 inches of snow.

At a local gas station in Salisbury some Delmarvans had had enough snow while others embraced the second storm in as many weeks.


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Snow and more snow.

It’s the white stuff outside after Delmarva was struck by high winds and cold temperatures.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency says Kent and Sussex county roads are snow covered and 3 inches to 5 inches of snow fell in some locations in Sussex County.

Department of Transportation crews are plowing roads statewide.

Winter Storm Warning

Jan 28, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Accomack County and a winter advisory for Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester and Sussex counties for tonight through Wednesday morning.

The heaviest snow fall is expected in southern Worcester and Somerset Counties and all of Accomack County in Virginia with an expected 6 inches of snow.

In Delaware Sussex County is expected to get 2-to-4 inches of snow beginning at around 5 p.m. tonight…through early Wednesday.  

The heaviest snow in Sussex Couty is expected in the southern and eastern section.

Watchout for Potholes!

Jan 27, 2014
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Motorists are seeing an early crop of potholes on Delaware roads this winter.

The state Department of Transportation says all of its districts are reporting an increase in potholes because of temperature swings.

The News Journal reports that crews are having a tough time keeping up...because of the weather.

Potholes usually appear in late winter or early spring, but this year, a deep freeze and fast warming coupled with lots of precipitation have brought them out early.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say there were nearly 200 crashes during this week's snowstorm and in its aftermath.

The News Journal reports that police warn that drivers should remain cautious as freezing temperatures and a chance of snow remain in the forecast.

The snow is coming.

And Delmarvans are hunkering down with the National Weather Service issuing a winter storm warning until 6 a.m. tomorrow.

At the moment…officials expect a snow accumulation of 4-10 inches especially in Delaware making some roads impassable.

There’s also a wind child advisory for Kent, Sussex, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties from 1 to 11 am tomorrow.

Wind child value could reach minus 10…which can cause frostbite and even hypothermia.

On the Lower Shore winds could reach up to 25 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph.