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Sussex Countian
  • Driving conditions dangerous following winter storm

  • As many make their way to work today, roads throughout Sussex County and Delaware are snow covered.
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  • As many make their way to work today, roads throughout Sussex County and Delaware are snow covered.
    According to officials, more than 400 state Department of Transportation employees spent the night plowing and salting roads throughout Delaware and will continue working all day.
    "Residents are urged to stay off the roads if possible today, not only because roads are snow covered, but also because the extremely low temperatures are also a hazard," said Jim Westoff, a spokesman for DelDOT.
    The area remains under a winter storm warning until 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
    Low temperatures, as well as blowing and drifting snow, will make driving hazardous. Temperatures are expected to linger in the teens and winds will clock in at between 15 and 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour. The combination of very cold temperatures and increasing winds will create wind chills around zero degrees.
    Gov. Jack Markell closed state offices this morning, saying while it appears the worst of the snow storm is behind us, cold weather and freezing conditions will remain throughout the day.
    "DelDOT crews are actively working to clear primary roads," Markell said. "We strongly encourage drivers who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from going on the roads to give DelDOT plows time and ability to work. If you don't need to be driving, stay home until roads are cleared."
    Markell said state offices will be closed today because of road conditions and because it does not appear state facilities will be safe for employees and the public until some point late today, if then.
    "Other employees should evaluate for themselves whether and when their facilities will be safe and the status of road conditions in their vicinity," Markell said.
    The governor did not close roads by issuing a state of emergency.
    Indian River School District officials announced late last night that schools are closed today.
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