Big Snow In Ocean City (Or Not)

Posted on February 5, 2010


Here on the edge of the Shore, where the sand meets the sea, Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Possible blizzard conditions not far to the north, in Delaware;  mostly rain not far to the south, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Who knows what will happen in Ocean City, Maryland? A thunder-blizzard? A Nor’easter with snow?

We’re near the dividing line between snow and rain, and on the line between 6 inches of snow and 20 inches. Looking at the satellite photos, you can see how much of the snow intended for OC might fall out over the ocean.

Folks all along the coastal areas of the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean could be concerned about minor flooding. The ground is certainly saturated. In Ocean City, we could be concerned about heavy surf and possible beach erosion. Workers have only just started to repair earlier damage to the dunes. My sense is that the surf will not be so heavy or the storm so long as to do much harm.

We had sustained snow in the Ocean City and West Ocean City area for several hours Friday afternoon. But the temperature was in the high 30s, and most of the snow melted when it hit the streets.

At 8 p.m., I went out and brushed a dusting of snow off the back steps. I measured one inch of snow on top of my car. A thin coat of slush on the driveway, getting ready to freeze. (The temperature has fallen to 29 or 30.) Something very fine was falling lightly from the sky.  It felt like a misty rain. During the night, it might turn to sleet mixed with snow (or rain). I felt only a few puffs of wind at 8 p.m. It’s supposed to be quite gusty later.

A jolt of Canadian air is expected to freeze the Mid-Atlantic states on Saturday, but the temperature will probably rise above 32, here at the beach.

We will see what tomorrow brings.