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Delaware Emergency Management Issues Storm Update

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A WBOC NewsWatcher took this photo in Selbyville, Del., on Monday, March 3, 2014. A WBOC NewsWatcher took this photo in Selbyville, Del., on Monday, March 3, 2014.
WBOC NewsWatcher Melissa Long took this photo of the Nanticoke River in Seaford, Del., March 3, 2014. WBOC NewsWatcher Melissa Long took this photo of the Nanticoke River in Seaford, Del., March 3, 2014.

SMYRNA, Del.- The winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for New Castle and Kent counties until 4 p.m. Monday. Sussex County is under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m., according to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency.

DEMA also said that remaining in effect are a state of emergency and a "Level 1 Driving Warning," which went into effect at midnight, and were issued Sunday by Gov. Jack Markell.  Delaware law states, a "Level 1 Driving Warning" means that any person operating a motor vehicle when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees, regardless of whether employed by a public or private entity, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the state's roadways when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so."

DEMA's Emergency Operations Center has been opened since 8 p.m. Sunday. The EOC activation brings multiple response agencies together with DEMA serving as the coordinating lead agency.  DEMA is working along with other emergency response agencies across the state to monitor conditions caused by the winter storm and take appropriate action.

State of Delaware offices will remain closed through 11:59 p.m. Monday. Non-essential employees who work during this time are not to report to work. Essential employees are to report as scheduled.

The weather forecast has been adjusted and now predicts accumulation 4-8 inches of snow statewide. But DEMA said some areas still have the possibility of seeing greater amounts, particularly a band in southern Kent County. 

Accordign to DEMA, road and weather conditions vary, with ice covered by snow in many areas. Roads across the state are slippery and police in all three counties have reported a number of motor vehicle accidents, a few with personal injuries.  Police are also dealing with disabled vehicles.  The speed limit on Interstate 495 in New Castle County has been reduced to 45 MPH.  DelDOT is plowing and salting roadways in across Delaware, concentrating on primary roads, bridges, bus routes, and toll plazas. 

The weather has also caused changes in DART transit service.  Details on bus routes and changes can be found at http://www.dartfirststate.com.  Click on "Alerts" for more information.

All public schools in Delaware are closed Monday.  The University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Wesley College, and Delaware Technical and Community College are also closed.

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