Delawareans again dig out from a winter storm that dumped up to eight inches on the state
Harrington holds the record for the most snowfall from Winter Storm Wiley within the First State, having received 8.1 inches of snow as of 5 p.m. March 17.
Data on snowfall was recorded by the Delaware Environmental Observing System snow monitors, a series of 14 automated stations situated throughout the state.
In Kent County, Viola received 6.4 inches of snow during St. Patrick’s Day storm, while Dover recorded 5.7 inches of precipitation.
Selbyville recorded 7.4 inches, the second highest accumulation, followed by Ellendale and Stockley, which tied at 7 inches.
New Castle County received the least snowfall from the storm, with Glasgow recording a maximum of 4.5 inches.
Most roads in Delaware were covered in snow by 6 a.m., with more than 400 DelDOT snow removal personnel working throughout the night to keep roads open.
Temperatures in Dover throughout the day flirted with the 32-degree freezing mark, which generally helped with efforts to clear roadways.
Gov. Jack Markell stopped short of issuing a driving restriction, but closed state offices in Kent and Sussex counties to help relieve the traffic load and to ensure employee safety.
The Delaware State Police reported a Bear-area snowplow driver hit a ditch while clearing snow from the shoulder of Interstate 95. The vehicle, a 2004 dump truck, overturned onto its passenger side, but the driver received only a minor injury. He was treated at Christiana Hospital and released.
Schools in all Kent County districts also closed for the day, as well as numerous municipal offices, including the city of Dover, which postponed a scheduled meeting of the city planning commission. City police issued snow emergency warnings to residents along Division, Water and State streets and Governors Avenue to move vehicles off the roadway and garbage collection in Dover was delayed until Tuesday to allow city workers to help with snow removal.
Airmen at Dover Air Force Base also were told to report for work two hours late.
The weather situation should improve on Tuesday, with temperatures forecast to be around 42 degrees, as reported by the National Weather Service.
Wednesday is forecast with a 40 percent chance of precipitation, possibly snow, although the high will be approximately 50 degrees.
Thursday, the first day of spring, should have temperatures around 55 degrees, with sunny skies and no precipitation in the forecast.
Highs on Friday and Saturday will be in the 60s, with a 50 percent chance of showers at the beginning of the weekend.