Where did Delaware’s snow go?

DOVER – Central Delaware may see a little snow today, but the big storm that dodged Delaware has moved on to New England.

This morning, weather forecasters were sorting out what happened.


WBOC-TV meteorolgist Brian Keane broke the news to viewers early this morning.

“Lots of factors went into the forecast of this storm, which were very difficult to get all in alignment for a significant snow across Delmarva,” according to WBOC in a post on its Facebook page.

“Three big ones will stick out from this storm:

“1.) This storm formed where it was projected to form, but it moved well east of the intended forecast position. On average, the storm is about 50-75 miles east of the forecasted track. If you remember, we discussed that if the low was farther east or west, it would have a dramatic impact on the amount of snow we would see.

“2.) The initial clipper system was lacking moisture. The storm didn’t really start to produce tons of precipitation until well after the low formed off the coast, and thanks to its easterly track, most of the precipitation stayed east of the viewing area.

“3.) Finally, the temperatures yesterday were very warm….most places were in the 40s and 50s for much of the day on Monday. This area of warmer air was hard to drive off of Delmarva, and therefore made the moisture that we did actually have on Delmarva mainly rain.”

On Monday morning, there were reports of snow around Central Delaware. The greatest accumulation was about an inch in Blackbird, north of Smyrna, according to the Delaware Environmental Observing System.

With warnings of Winter Storm Juno approaching Monday, schools announced early closings. Capital, Caesar Rodney, Lake Forest, Polytech and Smyrna all announced schools would be closed today.

Early Tuesday morning, Gary Szatkowski, a meteorologist who heads the National Weather Service’s office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, posted an apology to Twitter. “My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” he wrote. “You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t. Once again, I’m sorry.”

Forecasters say we may see a band of light snow today in Central Delaware.

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