Jeff Neiburg Via Delaware News Journal
After a mild 2019-20 winter that saw many cities in the Northeast accumulate record-low snow totals, the 2020-21 winter season could bring a nor'easter and with it 5-plus inches of snow to northern Delaware next week.
Meteorologist Lee Robertson with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, said that it "does look like a significant snowfall is possible for much of the area" Wednesday.
Snow is expected to begin Wednesday morning and continue later into the day, Robertson said. Asked about the likelihood of the forecasted 5 to 8 inches of snow, Robertson said it's looking "fairly likely" that is the case.
The storm will also bring winds of 10 to 20 mph, and Robertson said there is a possibility of coastal flooding. The forecasted high in Wilmington on Wednesday is 33 degrees.
"There is increasing confidence a coastal storm will impact the region Wednesday with strong winds and heavy precipitation likely," NWS Mount Holly wrote Saturday on Twitter. "What remains uncertain is the specific details such as where the rain/snow line sets up and the heaviest snow amounts fall."
Southern Delaware is much more likely to see rain. In Lewes, for example, the forecasted high on Wednesday is 49.
The snowfall Wednesday would be a welcome sign for those who enjoy winter after a mild and rather boring snow season last year.
Wilmington saw less than an inch of snow all season last year, making it the second least snowy winter in the last 72 years, Delaware State Climatologist Daniel Leathers told Delaware Online/The News Journal in March. The average winter snowfall is just over 16.5 inches.
The reason for the lack of snow last year was an abnormally mild winter.
The average temperature for winter 2019-2020 in Wilmington was about 5 degrees above the normal at 39.4 degrees, tying with the winters of 2015-2016 and 1997-1998 as the fourth warmest.
Statewide, the winter season was about 6 degrees above normal and ranked as the sixth warmest, according to Leathers.