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Big storm on the way Wednesday. How big? They’re not sure

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Yes, it was sunny and in the 60s this weekend, but a minor storm is predicted Monday, with a big one following on Wednesday. How big is unclear.

The Weather Channel predicts 5 to 8 inches. AccuWeather predicts 2 to 4 inches. The National Weather Service predicts “significant” accumulations. Weather Underground, which is owned by the Weather Channel, lowered its forecast from 13 inches to 7 inches, Newark resident Trebs Thompson posted Saturday on Facebook, asking “Is there really a FOOT of snow predicted for Wednesday?!?!?!?!”

“A coastal storm will likely bring significant accumulating snowfall to the area Wednesday into Wednesday night,” the weather service said Sunday. “There is also the chance for coastal flooding.” The weather service predicts “gale force northeasterly winds,” with seas building to 10-13 feet for Atlantic waters and 4-5 feet on Delaware Bay.

“Minor tidal flooding will be possible with a period of strong northeastern flow and being only two days removed from a new moon,” the government agency continued.

 

Up to an inch of rain, mainly before 4 p.m., is in Monday’s forecast. Colder temperatures in Pennsylvania will mean that the storm will generate snow there, and the weather service said there’s a slight chance of snow in Delaware during the afternoon commute.

The weather service predicts a 90% chance of precipitation both days.

“For the Wednesday storm, the combination of gusty winds, significant snow, and high moisture content of the snow will have the potential to cause power outages and will likely impact at least the afternoon commute,” a weather service briefing said. 

On Wednesday, AccuWeather is forecasting “a large swath of drenching rain, deep snow and perhaps even a thick glaze of ice for some” along the East Coast. “The finer details are still in limbo,” it reportedSunday.

AccuWeather’s forecast for the Wilmington area predicts 2 to 4 inches of snow in New Castle, mixing with rain. It’s predicting snow and rain in Kent County and just rain in Sussex County.

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