State of Emergency lifted in Delaware

DOVER, Del. - January 22, 2014

Officials say that road conditions have improved since this morning, but some roads still have snow and ice on them, and advised drivers to exercise caution.

State offices and all school districts are closed today and a driving warning is in effect as hundreds of workers clear roadways.

Since the snowfall ended early Wednesday, officials say crews have begun work on secondary roads.

Emergency management officials said snowfall totals ranged from more than 10 inches near Hockessin to more than 5.5 inches in the Dover area and 1 inch in Laurel. The National Weather Service warned that winds will reach 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph and temperatures will be below freezing for days.

Governor Jack Markell announced the lifting of the emergency declaration at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. The declaration initially went into effect at 2 p.m. Tuesday, and included an official warning that motorists must use extra caution, and that nonessential government and private sector employees should stay off the roads if possible.

The declaration also authorized the Delaware National Guard to assist local authorities with any precautionary or responsive actions if directed by the state emergency management director, in consultation with the Secretary of Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

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