BY JUSTIN MCCLURE
Believed to be a historic storm by some weather forecasters, the impending winter storm, set to hit the mid-Atlantic region on Friday is said to dump 12 to 24 inches of snow in some areas.
The heaviest areas of snowfall are concentrated around the Baltimore/D.C. metro area and parts of Virginia and West Virginia. While the first blast of winter weather of 2016 has many people scrambling for food and supplies, it could also affect Salisbury students’ commute back to school.
The first day of classes begins on Jan. 25 meaning that the majority of students would be traveling back to school during Friday or Saturday – right when the storm is expected to hit.
Students are encouraged to err on the side of caution when finalizing their travel plans.
According to The Weather Channel, the Delmarva region could see anywhere from three to eight inches of snow including five to eight inches of snow expected in Salisbury. Ocean City is expected to receive lesser snowfall amounts accumulating to three to five inches. Strong winds are also likely to accommodate the storm causing white out conditions in some areas.
Light snow will move into the Delmarva area around 5 p.m. Friday evening and will intensify as the day progresses. The last of the snowfall should leave the region Saturday night.
Parts of central Maryland and northeast Virginia are under blizzard watches while parts of western Maryland and the Eastern Shore are under winter storm watches including Wicomico County. Other states with counties under winter storm watches include but are not limited to: southern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia.