A big snowstorm that pummeled California is heading our way with … well, it depends on which forecast you read.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Sunday and Monday and is calling for 2 to 6 inches of snow on Sunday.
The Weather Channel predicts 4 to 8 inches of snow on Sunday – and the same on Monday for New Castle County.
The most alarming map from AccuWeather predicts 12 to 18 inches of snow early next week in the county’s northern tip. Downstate should get less snow.
As usual, Delaware’s worst weather will be in the north, with better conditions prevailing downstate. AccuWeather’s map for Sunday, for example, calls for snow in New Castle and Kent counties; rain, snow and ice in Sussex; and just rain in southeastern Sussex.
However, there’s a gale advisory through Saturday morning, and the National Weather Service longer-term outlook includes warnings of coastal flooding.
In New Castle County, the weather service is calling for a 70% chance of precipitation on Sunday, 80% on Sunday night, 80% on Monday, 60% on Monday night and 30% Tuesday. It’s predicting highs above freezing through Tuesday, and in the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday.
AccuWeather has been hyped about the storm for several days, including the possibility that it could become a nor’easter.
“We are confident that a strong secondary storm will form and affect the Northeast this time around,” Bernie Rayno, AccuWeather’s chief broadcast meteorologist, said in the post, titled “’Buckle up!’ Big snowstorm on the way for Midwest, Northeast.” “But the exact track and speed of strengthening of that storm will determine where the heaviest swath of snow ends up in relation to the coast and areas well inland.”
The post continues: “’ ‘At this early stage, it appears that areas along Interstate 95 from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore and Philadelphia will probably pick up at least a few inches of snow,’ AccuWeather senior meteorologist John Feerick said. … It is possible that a wedge of dry air will sweep up from the south instead and shut off precipitation.”