Wed. a.m. snow just warm up for main event: major snowstorm appears inbound
Updated at 12:40 p.m.
Snow overnight dropped roughly two to three inches of snow on the Unionville area, closing Unionville-Chadds Ford Schools Wednesday — but forecasters say this could be just an opening act for a major snowstorm that could blanket the area Wednesday night with as much as eight inches of snow and ice before finally ending in the early morning hours Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Weather Warning and a Winter Storm Warning through early Thursday. Forecasters say the snow will change to rain during the day Wednesday, before switching back to all snow before the evening commute. The NWS predicts as much as eight to 12 inches of additional snow will fall on the Unionville area during the overnight period.
For the third time in less than two weeks, the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District was forced to close schools, as roadways throughout the immediate area were reported as slick, despite the work of local road crews to plow and salt. There were reports of three or more inches of snow in the western parts of Unionville. The Brandywine River Museum delayed its opening until 11 a.m., while the Kennett YMCA canceled classes and babysitting programs before noon on Wednesday.
Chester County closed all county offices, effective of 2:30 p.m. and said county offices may open on a delayed basis, Thursday.—MM
12:40 update adds closure of county office, increase snow forecast.
Check back for more news of cancellations in the Unionville area.