Enjoy the limited sunshine and temperatures in the low 50's now...A series of disturbances will impact the Delaware Beaches and inland communities of Sussex County the next 4-5 days. Rain chances will begin to increase tonight and remain through Wednesday with the best changes occurring Monday and Monday night where the potential of 1/2 to 1" of rain could fall on already saturated ground. So far the first half of March, many areas have received 3 inches of rain. With the forecast of more rain, this could add to ponding of water, especially in areas that still experiencing this from recent heavy rain.
Unlike the storm we had on March 6th where a significant Nor'Easter affected the area with heavy rain, strong wind, coastal and inland flooding, this period will be predominately overcast with on and off rain. Fog could pose issues on Monday and perhaps Tuesday as the air mass will be quite moist and will not be nearly as windy as the previous storm. Motorist is advised to keep an eye out for ponding roadways, especially Monday night into Tuesday when the rain will be its most likely and potentially heavy.
By Wednesday, things should start to dry out but skies will remain overcast. Thursday and into the weekend, skies will be variable with episodes of clouds and sunshine. Temperatures the next seven days are expected to average below normal. Monday and Tuesday will be the warmer days despite the overcast and rainy conditions.
So far this first half of March we have experienced 12 out of 15 days with freezing temperatures recorded at one point each day. Typically the growing season doesn't start until the middle of April but the last couple of years has allow the growing season to begin earlier than normal. This year the tread is for the growing season to start later than the previous two years; therefore, should avoid planting those tender vegetation until the growing season officially begins.