The department tried to explain this in a filing earlier today, in which they asked for a month extension on the next round of a 55,000-strong Clinton email release.
Basically, the State Department’s request explains that in the push to meet the final deadline, it suddenly realized that about 7,200 pages needed to be sent out to various agencies for review. Though while delivery to some of the agencies has been completed, “delivery of the remaining documents has been interrupted by the storm, and is anticipated to be completed next week.”
But it promises that it can get its homework done by February 29.
As long as there’s no rain or snow or high levels of UV rays or a particularly pollen-y day. For real this time.