Delaware Public Media

Delaware escapes worst of Nor'easter

Mar 14, 2017

This week’s nor’easter left the First State wet, but relatively free of any significant snow accumulation. 

National Weather Service forecaster Patrick O’Hara says warm coastal air moved into Delaware Monday night, turning much of the expected snowfall into rain.

 

“It flushed out some of the cold, dry air that’s been in place for the past couple days. That cut down the snowfall totals quite a bit. So we did get probably quite a bit less,” said O'Hara. 

Snow accumulation totals over the past 12 hours in New Castle County were between one and four inches. Up to 10 inches were expected.

Kent County received around a ½ inch of snow accumulation and Sussex County received nearly all rain.

High winds and some scattered snow showers are forecast overnight Tuesday, but no significant accumulation is expected.   

There’s a chance ice could form on some roadways Tuesday night as temperatures drop into the low 20’s.

But O’Hara says there’s good news on the way, with a bit of a warm up expected later in the week.   

 

“Gradual warming up through the weekend. We’ll probably in the 40’s by Friday and in the low 50’s by Saturday and Sunday as well,” said O'Hara.  

O’Hara adds there’s not much precipitation in the forecast either, except for a slight chance of rain early Saturday.   

He says temperatures should be back to normal -or even above- by next week. 

Temperatures should start to rise over the next couple days with highs expected in the low 50’s by Saturday. Temperatures next week could be above average.