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Snow Storm Closes Delaware Government, Schools

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WBOC NewsWatcher Charlene Wilhelm took this photo on Route 13 in Kent County, Del., on Friday, Jan. 3. WBOC NewsWatcher Charlene Wilhelm took this photo on Route 13 in Kent County, Del., on Friday, Jan. 3.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- A winter storm that socked the Northeast dumped several inches of snow around Delaware, closing state and local government offices and public schools on Friday.
 
The storm, combining snow with high winds and icy temperatures, left several thousand homes and businesses in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore without power. But as of late Friday morning, most of the electricity had been restored.
 
Department of Transportation officials said crews have had to battle drifting snow and frigid temperatures. Jim Westhoff, a DelDOT spokesman, said the major challenges now are winds that blow the snow back into the roadways, and low temperatures that cause the road salt to be less effective. Primary and secondary roads statewide are covered in a thin layer of packed snow and ice.

Gov. Jack Markell encouraged people to stay home to give road crews room to work.
 
The National Weather Service posted gale warnings along the coast and parts of the Delaware Bay through Friday evening. 
 
Snowfall totals ranged from 4 to 8 inches, including 7 inches in parts of all three counties in Delaware, and 6 inches or more in Wilmington and Dover.
 
The Delaware Emergency Management Agency warned that temperatures were expected to drop Friday and could plunge to zero by night fall, with wind chills below zero.

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