While this mid-March snowstorm was more of a nuisance for those in northern Delaware, with a few inches of accumulation at most, snow-weary Delawareans are ready for spring.
And it’s no wonder. Delaware State Climatologist Dr. Dan Leathers points out this latest round of the white stuff marks the 18th day with measurable snow in New Castle County. The county has also had another 15 days of trace snowfall, meaning snow fell, but totals were too small to measure.
I’m sure many, like myself, are hoping this is it for snow. And with spring just a few days away, people can’t wait to send Old Man Winter packing, a houseguest who has overstayed his welcome.
“During most years, the snowfall season in northern Delaware is winding down by this date,” he said, saying our chances for significant snow diminishes the later we get into March and especially into April.
“That said,” Leathers continued, “we have had some rather major snowfalls after March 17th… so we should probably be ready just in case.”
Yup, it’s true. Leathers’ office sent me a list of 50 snowstorms that dropped anywhere from a dusting to almost a foot of snow upstate on or after St. Patrick’s Day.
New Castle County had it pretty rough in 1958 with a one-two weather punch on March 19-20. On the 19th, the Wilmington area saw 7.6 inches of snow and, as if that weren’t enough, was walloped with another 10.3 inches the next day.
No more snow is in the forecast for this week, but here’s to hoping we don’t have to say the word ‘snow,’ again until next winter. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to start complaining about the heat.