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Delaware under coastal region blizzard watch

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Staff and AP Reports

The National Weather Service says several inches of snow is forecasted to fall in Delaware beginning late Friday and continuing into Sunday. Meteorologists are predicting snow accumulations of 12 to 16 inches in the vicinity of the I-95 corridor.

An updated forecast from the National Weather Service Thursday added New Castle and Kent counties under a coastal region blizzard watch.

Pennsylvania  Governor Tom Wolf has declared a state of emergency ahead of a major winter storm that’s drifting toward the state.

Wolf says Thursday’s declaration will allow the state to get resources where they need to be quickly.

It comes hours after a blizzard watch was issued for southeastern parts of Pennsylvania from Friday night through Sunday morning.

Philadelphia could see up to 18 inches of snow, along with strong winds and blowing snow.

Some schools in Pittsburgh delayed opening Thursday because of snow on side streets and snow also dusted areas in the Poconos.

Pennsylvania’s Transportation Department has started treating major highways in anticipation of the weekend storm.

The looming storm is expected to bring heavy snow and winds from the Appalachians up to New York.

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