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White Christmas? Or one for socially distancing? Discuss

‘This would be cool,’ a Facebook post on a snowy forecast began. A contrasting response sought a warmer day so ‘people can visit with each other outdoors.’
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On Thursday morning, while many residents of New Castle County were handling the aftermath of this week’s massive nor’easter, Wilmington resident Tricia LaRock Sullivan had something else on her mind: Will there be a white Christmas?

“This would be cool,” she wrote on Facebook, circling the Dec. 25 forecast and its snow icon. “Chance of snow 30%. About 1 inch of snow expected,” it continued.

Two early commentators agreed. “I’m dreaming of it,” Anthony James Nigg wrote.

“I saw that yesterday and got excited,” Kim Walton wrote.


One post offered a far-different perspective. “I’ve been hoping for a warmer day so that people can visit with each other outdoors,” Sam Gee wrote, ending with a neural-face emoji.

On Christmas, AccuWeather predicts a 35% chance of rain or snow.

The Weather Channel predicts a 40% chance of snow, with an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.

Neither forecast looks like weather for socially distance outdoor gatherings. But as local residents saw about the forecast for the nor’easter, things change.


The storm’s official accumulation through Thursday morning at New Castle County Airport was 2.8 inches, but the National Weather Service posted reports of 5.0 to 1.2 inches in New Castle County.

The storm, which some media outlets called Winter Storm Gail, hit hard on upstate New York, Pennsylvania’s mountains and New England. Binghamton, New York, reported 39.6 inches of snow.

However much snow fell could have shocked folks from New York to Washington, who have been in a “snow drought” of late.

Last winter was one of the least-snowiest seasons on record for the mid-Atlantic, including in Philadelphia which measured just 0.3 of an inch of snow,” Accuweather. wrote. “This was the second-lowest winter snowfall total for the city since record-keeping began.”

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