I don’t think at this point it is a question of whether it will snow, but how much will we get. Personally if it is going to snow I need a good amount to pull the car hood behind the four wheelers. Every weather service is calling for either just rain, a mix, or one to eight inches of snow, the most I have seen predicted. Even Florida in the panhandle area is seeing possible snow. In any case driving will be an issue, since this will be the first snowfall we see this year. Every year this happens we get the first snowfall and no one is used to the conditions. We will also have a lot of people here this weekend, shopping the inlets, going for striped bass, and just visiting the beach in general. So the main concern is to be careful. By March no one will care about driving in the snow. Cover your firewood, and anything else you don’t want to lose in a blanket of snow just in case. Don’t forget to strip the supermarket of all eggs, milk, and bread. Gas up your vehicles.
I am mainly seeing that Sussex county will receive two to four inches with a mix of rain. I have seen predictions up to eight inches as indicated in the map above. Small craft advisories are in effect for the weekend. The wind Saturday will be out of the north, and strong. That will make for some interesting conditions at the beach for all the surf anglers that are going to venture out. Sunday we are looking at rougher seas, than Saturday. As Corby would say this is F*%&$#%@* striped bass weather! So obviously we will all be out this weekend trying for striped bass in the surf. Finding fresh bait will be as equal a challenge, try Smith’s in Leipsic, DE for fresh bunker.
Have a safe weekend and if it does snow have a blast playing outside.
Marine Forecast …
SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY... High pressure over the area weakens today as low pressure organizes over the Southeast USA coast. That low intensifies as it moves northeast, passing by Cape Cod Saturday evening. A strong cold front passes through the region on Sunday. Weak high pressure briefly builds through the region Monday, and then another area of low pressure followed by a cold front impacts the region Monday night and Tuesday.
Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm- Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm- 616 AM EST Fri Dec 8 2017 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT... .TODAY...N winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming NW 5 to 10 kt late this morning and afternoon. Seas 2 ft or less. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 12 seconds. A chance of rain late this morning. Rain this afternoon. .TONIGHT...N winds 5 to 10 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt late. Seas 2 ft or less, then around 3 ft after midnight. Mainly in E swell with a dominant period of 11 seconds. Rain. Vsby 1 to 3 NM early in the evening. .SAT...N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Mainly in NE swell with a dominant period of 8 seconds. Rain. Vsby 1 to 3 NM in the morning, then 1 to 3 NM late. .SAT NIGHT...NW winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming W 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt, increasing to 30 kt late. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Mainly in NE swell with a dominant period of 7 seconds. Rain likely early in the evening, then a chance of rain, snow and sleet late in the evening. Vsby 1 to 3 NM until early morning. .SUN...W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. .SUN NIGHT...W winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. .MON...W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. .MON NIGHT...SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. .TUE...W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers. .TUE NIGHT...NW winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.