The 2017-2018 Winter Season on Delmarva has been off to a quick start this year. As of December 14th we have seen 2 snow events on Delmarva. These snowfall events have allowed our totals for the 2017-2018 Season to be as much as 6.0″ above the normal snowfall for this time of year. In Salisbury, MD the snowfall totals are already over two-thirds of the way to the yearly average snowfall of 9.3″.
The first of the snow events that has occurred on Delmarva happened on December 8th-9th when many across the region picked up 2-8″ of snow. The hardest hit areas on Delmarva were in Sussex and Wicomico counties where a thin band of heavy snow developed the evening of December 8th. This snow event was part of a larger storm system that brought snow to every coastal state from Texas to Maine. In the south, cities in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia picked up Top Ten All-Time snow totals. On the Delmarva, the snowstorm was one of the largest snowstorms to hit the region so early in the season.
A second much smaller storm system occurred December 13th as a weak low pressure passed just to the north of Delmarva. Across the Peninsula cities and towns picked up a dusting to 1.5″ of snow. The highest totals with this system occurred in Dover where the Delaware Environmental Observing System’s Snow Monitoring Network reported a total of 1.5″.
The early season snow is not finished either as more snow is expected this coming Friday, December 15th as a weak area of low pressure develops off the coastline. Also to note is that just because Delmarva gets off to a quick start does not mean we will continue to see the season dump snow across the region. We will continue to monitor and update these totals as the Winter progresses.