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  • Update: Markell lifts State of Emergency, Driving Warning for Kent County

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    Gov. Jack Markell has announced the lifting of the State of Emergency with a Level 1 Driving Warning for Kent County, effective at 6 p.m. today and for Sussex County at 8 p.m.
    The State of Emergency with a Level 1 Driving Warning was lifted for New Castle County at 2 p.m. Snow is still falling in Sussex County and most roads remain covered in snow.
    Kent County was hit with three to four inches of snow. Forecasts indicate temperatures across most of Delaware will drop to single digits overnight, meaning wet roads are likely to freeze. Drivers should continue to exercise caution if they must travel. DelDOT will continue to plow and salt roads as necessary and Code Purple locations have been activated across the state.
    “Thousands of State and local government workers have been working across Delaware throughout the duration of this event and we are incredibly grateful for their efforts,” said Governor Markell.  “As precipitation comes to an end across the state, our focus turns to the extremely low temperatures that are expected overnight. Motorists should continue to be careful, as snowy and icy spots still exist.”
    Previously Reported
    A State of Emergency and a level one driving restriction remain in effect as snow continues to fall across Delaware.
    Gov. Jack Markell updated Delaware residents on the weather during a winter storm update briefing this morning in Newark.
    Kent County is expected to receive between six and eight inches of snow and the National Weather Service’s winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. today. Gov. Jack Markell is urging caution.
    However, this prediction is continuously changing as the Delaware Emergency Management Agency is now predicting the state will get five to eight inches of snow.
    “We continue to urge people to be cautious on the roads and to not get on them if you don’t have to,” Markell said. “Since the wee hours DelDOT crews have been out salting and plowing. They are now out and will be through the duration and beyond. So far they’ve had to focus on primary roads. It’s not until they finish those that they can get to secondary and minor roads.”
    Prior to today’s storm the state had spent $13 million on snow removal, much more than what had been budgeted, Markell said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Obviously we want spring to come as quickly as possible so people can go back about their normal lives, as far as school days and the like,” Markell said.
    The latest storm had state offices, local officials and school districts taking extra precaution Sunday night, announcing closures long before a drop of snow hit the ground. Markell announced a State of Emergency and Level 1 Driving Warning Sunday evening. State offices were also to be closed during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Not long after Markell announced the State of Emergency, state and local officials began making decisions regarding closures.
    Providence Creek Academy and Smyrna School District cancelled school for the day. Smyrna town offices are closed with plans of reopening during normal business hours on Tuesday. The Smyrna Town Council meeting for Monday was rescheduled for Monday, March 10.
    Markell addressed the number of school cancellations during his storm briefing. Markell said a number of school days missed is a great concern for schools with a number of districts already making decisions to add to the school days.
    "The Department of Education is monitoring each district closely," Markell said.
    Near-record cold weather will follow the storm on Monday, as temperatures in some portions of the state could be in the single digits Monday night and overnight until Tuesday, but slightly higher in the southern portion of Delaware.
     

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