NWS Issues a Winter Storm Warning


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Central Delaware. On Friday, January 22 in Milford, chance of precipitation is 100% with snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. On Saturday, chance of precipitation is 100% with new snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Widespread coastal flooding and winds from 45-55mph are likely.

Here is our latest snowfall forecast as of 5:00 am on Friday, January 22.






Troopers Advise Safety Tips During Forecasted Winter Weather
On Friday, January 22, a winter storm watch will be in effect and the potential exists for several inches of snow to fall in Delaware starting Friday evening through Sunday morning.  At this point precipitation is currently likely to fall across the state late Friday  with the potential for snow to change to rain on Saturday. The weather forecast for Delaware currently indicates 25 mph gusts up to 40 mph gusts across the region with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s. Possible snow accumulations of 12 to 16 inches in the vicinity of the I-95 corridor and lesser amounts are expected over the southern area of Delmarva. 
As a precautionary measure and to be better prepared for the storm continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Snowfall and Ice accumulation Forecast Maps with the most up to date information are available online at www.weather.gov/phi/winter.
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Coastal flooding can be expected on the Atlantic Coast especially along the Delaware coast of the Delaware Bay.  (Please note the chance of any precipitation is ultimately dependent on the pathway and strength of the storm. Strong and gusty wind is possible through the same period which could lead to blowing and drifting snow across our highways causing treacherous road conditions. Also as a precautionary measure do not cross flooded roads.)
The Delaware State Police will continue to plan and prepare for the forecasted precipitation and extreme cold weather, as they will be ready and available to patrol, assist disabled vehicles, and manage roadway incidents and hazards for the duration of the possible heavy snowfall and cold weather. Troopers strongly urge motorists to postpone and avoid unnecessary travel. 
Troopers encourage all motorists who must travel to use extreme caution as weather conditions may change rapidly.  Motorists should be prepared for strong winds and extreme cold weather which can make driving conditions very difficult. Roads will become impassable due to increasing accumulation during the snow event.
Check your vehicle ensuring it is in good working order for the expected conditions. Fill up the fuel tank in advance. Check the windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid, tire tread, battery life, etc. If you should have vehicle problems, be sure to stay with your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening. Be sure to have an emergency kit in the vehicle consisting of a blanket, bottled water, snack, cell phone charger, flashlight, batteries,  etc.
Be aware and take precautionary measures to be prepared: A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills which can result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors make sure exposed skin is covered. 
Be careful as the snow becomes wetter and heavier, shoveling may be problematic for those with physical ailments. 
Be prepared for snow which may also cling to wires and trees which may cause power outages. 
Be safe and stay warm.

If needed the following is a list of shelters and sanctuaries that are available:

Code Purple will be in effect from January 20th thru January 26th  The following sanctuaries will be open ( addresses to follow after the schedule)

*Please note transportation for the men to Wyoming Church- All guests must be at Dover Interfaith by 4:30pm and the bus will be leaving at 5pm. Only one trip will be made so please spread the word out the time.  The bus will be returning our guests the following  morning back to Interfaith.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016*


  • Wyoming UMC (men only) opens 5pm*
  • Centennial UMC, Smyrna (men only) opens pm 
  • Wesley UMC  (women and children only) opens 5pm
  • Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm


Thursday, January 21, 2016*


  • Wyoming UMC (men only) opens 5pm*
  • Centennial UMC Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm
  • Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
  • Wesley UMC (women and children) opens 5pm 


Friday, January 22, 2016* stay tuned for snow alerts and emergency shelter times 


  • Wyoming UMC  (men only) opens 5pm*
  • Centennial UMC Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm
  • Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
  • Christ Church, Dover (women and children) opens 5pm 


Saturday, January 23, 2016* stay tuned for snow alerts and emergency shelter times 


  •  Wyoming UMC  (men only) opens 5pm*
  • Centennial UMC Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm
  • Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
  • Christ Church, Dover (women and children) opens 5pm 


Sunday, January 24, 2016 


  • Dover Presbyterian  (men only) opens 5pm
  • Centennial UMC Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm
  • Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
  • Christ Church, Dover (women and children) opens 5pm 


Monday, January 25, 2016   


  • Dover Presbyterian  (men only) opens 5pm
  • Centennial UMC Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm
  • Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
  • Calvary Baptist Church (women and children) opens 5pm 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016   


  • Dover Presbyterian  (men only) opens 5pm
  • Centennial UMC Smyrna (men only) opens 5pm
  • Milford Community Center (women and children) opens 5pm
  • Calvary Baptist Church  Dover (women and children) opens 5pm 


Addresses for the Sanctuaries: 
Centennial UMC 44 East Mount Vernon Street, Smyrna, DE
Calvary Baptist- Fulton Street and New Street, Dover, DE
Christ Church 523 South State Street Dover, DE
Dover Presbyterian Church 54 S State Street Dover, DE (entrance is on Reed Street)
Milford Community Center 105 NE Front Street Milford, DE
Wesley UMC 15 E North Strt Dover, DE Please come to the building in Church parking lot, purple light is on outside on North Street  
Wyoming UMC 216 Wyoming Mill Road Dover, DE 19901 
Morning leave time is 7am for each day listed, sanctuaries will be closed as of Wednesday January 27th at 7am unless further noticed…..thank you.
Please call 1-800-733-6816 for any further updates this week
Thank you for your support!
Code Purple Team email –  Codepurpledelaware@yahoo.com
Storm Plans for Western Sussex County for Code Purple Shelters for January 22 – 24, 2016

Pathway Shelter at the Stein Highway COG, Seaford will be closed on Friday 1/22 & Saturday 1/23.

On FRIDAY 1/22 our guests must meet at Hardin Hall, 18 W Fourth Street, Blades, DE by 7pm for intake and dinner.  After dinner (8:30pm) our female guests will be transported to Gateway (8110 Cannon Road, Bridgeville, DE) and our male guests will be transported to Laurel Nazarene (94 Walnut Street, Laurel, DE).  If snowed in our female guests will stay at Gateway for the duration of the weekend and our male guests will remain in Laurel.  Centenary UMC (200 Market Street, Laurel, DE) will be open Saturday and Sunday from 7am till 6pm. Our male guests will be transported from Laurel Nazarene to Centenary on Saturday morning and Sunday morning. ANYONE seeking shelter during the day is encouraged to go to Centenary UMC. They will serve lunch and a steady supply of hot coffee and snacks.

Shelter Schedule for the Storm January 22 – 24, 2016:


  • Gateway Fellowship will open at 8:30pm Friday 1/22 to Sunday 1/24 for females only, located at 8110 Cannon Road, Bridgeville, DE.
  • Laurel Nazarene open from 7pm to 6am Friday 1/22 to Sunday 1/24 for males only, located at 94 Walnut Street, Laurel, DE.
  • Centenary UMC open from 7am to 6pm Saturday 1/23 and Sunday 1/24 for anyone needing shelter, located at 200 Market Street, Laurel, DE.


Overflow for Friday night will be Mt. Olivet only by appointment. Must call Nikki at 302-519-0024. Overflow on Saturdaywill be Pathway and Mt. Olivet only by appointment. Must call Nikki at 302-519-0024.  Anyone able to transport our guests is encouraged to call Vikki at 302-853-0997 to be added to our stand-by list.
Anyone experiencing homelessness, please call 302-519-0024.
Protect You and Your Animals During Cold Weather 
DOVER (Jan. 20, 2016)  Looks like winter has finally decided to arrive and the Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds people to prepare both themselves and their animals for freezing temperatures. 
Hypothermia can occur in cold weather or if a person becomes chilled by rain. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone can be affected. Cold weather can put extra strain on the heart, so individuals with heart disease or high blood pressure should follow their doctors’ advice about exerting themselves in the cold.
Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The risk of frostbite increases for people with reduced blood circulation and among those who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures.
Recognize the symptoms of frostbite:
At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin-frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:


  • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
  • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
  • numbness


A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb. If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care.
Prevent problems before they occur:
When heading out in cold weather, remember the following:


  • Water-resistant or waterproof outerwear is advisable to reduce the risk of hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature). Dress in layers of loose-fitting clothes, including extra socks, which can be removed as they become damp. Wear warm, comfortable shoes.
  • When exerting yourself, it is important to remain hydrated by drinking water and other non-caffeinated beverages.
  • Wear hats, water-resistant coats, scarves or knit masks to cover the face and mouth, and gloves or mittens. Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • Wool, silk or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton. Perspiration can increase heat loss, and wet clothing can chill the body rapidly.
  • Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages which can cause the body to lose heat more rapidly.


For more information on cold weather preparation, visit: emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/.
Protect your pet during cold weather:


  • Bring pets indoors. This is the safest place for your pet during cold temperatures. Short-haired pets or very young or old pets should never be left outdoors in cold temperatures and all pet dogs and cats should be brought indoors when the temperature falls below freezing.
  • Protect outdoor pets from the elements. If your pet must be outdoors, you must provide a dry, draft-free shelter from the elements that contains moisture-resistant bedding such as straw or cedar shavings, which will help pets retain body heat. Housing should be appropriately sized for the animal and designed for animal sheltering.  Pet owners should also provide a water-proof flap over the doorway to protect from wind and rain.
  • Ensure access to water at all times. Frequently check water bowls to ensure water is not frozen. If you typically use a metal watering bowl, replace it with plastic as a pet’s tongue can get stuck to metal in cold temperatures.
  • Additional food may be needed. Animals burn more calories in cold temperatures in order to stay warm, so you may need to increase the amount of food you provide. Check with your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional needs in cold weather.
  • Outdoor cats need attention, too. Whether outdoor cats are owned, stray, or feral, they need the same protection from cold weather as your pets. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, provide them with dry, warm shelter, as well as food and water to help them survive dangerously low temperatures. For your own safety, do not handle any unfamiliar animals, particularly if the rabies vaccination status is unknown. An animal may have rabies and not exhibit any external signs.


If you see a pet that has been left outdoors in cold temperatures without proper shelter or protection from the elements, food, or water, report it immediately to the Delaware Animal Services Hotline at 302-255-4646.  In the City of Wilmington, call 302-654-5151.
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