Snow Or No Snow?

 

snow map, december first weekend, 2018, delaware, sussex county, nws
Predicted snow map for the weekend

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.

 

storm trackmap, delaware, sussex county
Storm track map as of 9:30 am Friday

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.

Fish On!

Rich King

NWS .. 

Today
Rain likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 41. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
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Tonight
Rain and snow before midnight, then rain between midnight and 1am, then rain and snow after 1am. Low around 35. North wind 6 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday
Rain and snow before noon, then rain between noon and 5pm, then rain and snow after 5pm. High near 39. North wind 11 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday Night
A chance of rain, snow, and sleet before 1am, then a slight chance of snow between 1am and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday
A slight chance of snow showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and 10am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Monday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

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.

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