Monday mix goes all rain for Tuesday

Snow adorns the bell at the entrance of Barratt’s Chapel near Frederica Monday morning. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

Snow adorns the bell at the entrance of Barratt’s Chapel near Frederica Monday morning. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

DOVER — Drivers should continue to take their time and use caution while out on the roads after Monday’s weather event that left up to 3 inches of snow in Kent County.

Primary and secondary roads were wet or covered with as much as a half an inch of snow Monday afternoon, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation.

But overnight temperatures are expected to rise above freezing and the roadways should be mainly wet by the morning drive time.

A DelDOT plow scrapes light snow along the shoulder of Front Street in Frederica Monday morning. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

A DelDOT plow scrapes light snow along the shoulder of Front Street in Frederica Monday morning. (Delaware State News/Andrew West)

“We’re expecting everything to be clear, but we want everyone to continue to drive with caution,” Greg Layton, of DelDOT’s Community Relations Office, said Monday evening.

Minor roads were covered with as much as 2 inches of snow.

As of 5:30 p.m. maximum accumulation was 3.7 inches in Laurel, according to the Delaware Environmental Observing System. Frederica registered 2.2 inches and Dover 1.8 inches. Less snow fell in New Castle County, ranging from less than an inch at Glasgow to 1.2 inches at White Clay Creek.

A mixture of snow, ice and rain made the driving less than ideal during Monday evening’s commute.

“We were out clearing as many roads as we could,” DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff said midday Monday.

“We were fully staffed and were going around doing as much as we can to plan make sure the evening commute was fine for drivers.”

DelDOT crews continued to plow and treat as many primary and secondary roads and bridges as possible.

About 46 percent of crashes involving bad weather take place in the winter, making this the worst time of year for driving in treacherous conditions. So says a new AAA Foundation research report that analyzed bad weather and crashes throughout the year.

The highest proportion of crashes involving bad weather happens from 6 p.m. until 5:59 a.m., when visibility is limited and roads are most likely to freeze.

Tuesday should see an improvement in the weather with the NWS calling for a high of 59 degrees will periods of rain before 3 p.m.

Showers also are possible between 3 and 4 p.m., with a higher chance after 4 p.m.

Mostly sunny skies will return Wednesday, along with a high near 46.

While the grounds around Legislative Hall only had a dusting of snow Monday morning, by 3:30 p.m. almost 2 inches had fallen before turning into a mix. (Delaware State News/Matt Bittle)

While the grounds around Legislative Hall only had a dusting of snow Monday morning, by 3:30 p.m. almost 2 inches had fallen before turning into a mix. (Delaware State News/Matt Bittle)

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