DOVER – A portion of Del. 1 southbound was partially closed south of Dover today after nearly three inches of rain fell in the area during a nine-hour period.
The left lane between Barkers Landing and Mulberrie Point Road was closed due to high water until noon Wednesday or when conditions allow, the Delaware Department of Transportation said.
Rain measured at Dover Air Force Base from 1:58 a.m. today until 10:58 a.m. reached 2.98 inches.
While there were scattered power outages reported in Kent and Sussex counties, Delmarva Power said just before noon that roughly 33,000 power outages existed in New Castle County.
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Weather forecasters urged caution when traveling Tuesday morning as periods of moderate to heavy rain caused ponding on some central Delaware’s roadways.
The National Weather Service said a coastal flood warning is in effect until 3 p.m. this afternoon, and a winter weather advisory is in place until 4 p.m. A light glaze of ice is possible as sleet and freezing rains may continue through mid-day.
Moderate coastal flooding is expected today as a strong low pressure system arrives from the south at mid-morning to early afternoon, causing heavy winds.
Just before 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Electric Cooperative reported 70 outages resulting from the storm. According to spokesman Jeremy Tucker, power lines in Cheswold and Fenwick Island were briefly disabled after gusty winds blew trees onto them.
Power was restored within an hour as DEC crews removed trees and repaired the lines.
“We certainly dodged a bullet with the storm,” Mr. Tucker said. “If we had a received half-a-foot or more of heavy wet snow, combined with 50mph winds, we likely would have seen more widespread outages.”
Downed lines and wires caused 58 Delmarva Power outages in Sussex County and approximately 150 in Kent County.
According to the Delaware Environmental Observing System, Smyrna received .5 inches of snow overnight, while Dover had .4 inches. No snow was reported from Woodside and south.
Northern New Castle County saw up to 3.5 inches of snow in Hockessin and the totals tapered off to the south.
Delawrare’s high oceanfront high tide is expected to peak between 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Many roads could become impassable, according to the NWS. Lingering minor coastal flooding could remain through the night, with significant beach erosion possible.
The NWS cautioned motorists to avoid driving through flood waters.
“The water may be deeper than you think it is,” the NWS said. “You will be putting yourself in danger and your vehicle may be damaged … leading to ccostly repairs.”
Less than 1 inch of new sleet accumulation is expected, the NWS said, along with approximately one tenth of an inch of ice in some places.
“Ice accumulations may create treacherous driving conditions,” the NWS reported. “The weight of the ice on tree limbs and power lines could produce isolated outages. Strong winds may lead to additional power outages.”
Winds could gust up to 50 mph, and regularly reach 20 to 30 mph from the north. Temperatures should remain in the mid to low 30 degrees, falling briefly into the upper 20s this afternoon, according to the NWS.
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