State of Delaware Offices CLOSED Today

DOVER – State of Delaware offices are closed today (Friday, January 3) during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Non-essential employees are not to report to work for this period. Essential employees are to report as scheduled.


Storm Report #2 – Friday Morning January 3rd (2:30am)

(Smyrna) – Officials at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) continue to monitor the storm that has dropped snow statewide since starting early Thursday evening.  The Winter Storm Warnings statewide posted Thursday by the National Weather Service (NWS) remain in effect.  NWS continues the forecast that as much as 6-8 inches of snow could fall in New Castle and Kent Counties, with 3-5 inches in Sussex County.

The weather is creating two problems for Delaware – snow accumulations with high winds, and bitter, dangerous freezing temperatures.  Coastal Flood Advisories are in effect for Kent and Sussex Counties.

Winds are causing the snow to drift and create patchy areas on roadways, and extreme caution is needed by motorists.  The extreme cold that accompanied the snow is creating other problems.  Temperatures are in the teens overnight across Delaware; by morning, wind chills could be around -5 degrees Fahrenheit.  Those who are going outside should dress warmly, in layers, as hypothermia is a possible hazard. If you have outdoor pets, get them shelter or bring them indoors.

 

 

Delaware State Police are reporting:

New Castle County

At this time road conditions remain the same.  All major roads, are still snow covered, slick and wet.  These roads include I-95, I-495, US 13, SR 141, US 40, SR 896, as well as all secondary roads, which are snow covered and slick.  According to state police on the streets, all roads are open but dangerously slick and snow covered with drifting snow. Traffic has slowed some but still vehicles remain on the roadway. It is still snowing and very cold in New Castle Co.  Drivers are cautioned to watch for drifting snow from strong winds.  Visibility is low due to blowing snow.

Property Damage Accidents: 1

Personal Injury Accidents: 0

Disabled vehicles 10

 

Kent County

Roads are snow covered.  Light snow and mist.  On SR 1 at Exit 91, a white chevy HHR was left overnight, and will be removed during daylight.

Personal Injury Accidents 0

Property damage accident 3

Disabled Vehicles 5

Traffic Hazards 0

 

Sussex County

Roads are still covered with snow, ice and slush.  It is snowing, heavy at times.

Personal Injury Accidents 0

Property damage accident 2

Disabled Vehicles 4

 

DelDOT dropped the speed limit on I-495 to 45MPH early Thursday evening due to road conditions.  DelDOT crews pre-treated state roadways during daylight hours on Thursday with brine, and continue salting and plowing roadways statewide.

 

DelDOT says from the area of I-95 north to the state line, Primary, Secondary, and Minor roads along with Bus Routes are snow covered.  DelDOT says roads in New Castle County from Newark to the Kent County line, are wet & snow covered / Secondary roads, Minor roads and Bus Routes are snow covered 2 to 4 inches.  All roads are still passable at this time.  In Kent County, Primaries, Secondary roads, Minor roads and Bus Routes are snow covered with one and a half to 3 inches of snow.  In Sussex, Secondary roads, Minor roads & Bus Routes are snow covered by a half-inch to 3 inches.


Status Report #1 – Thursday Evening January 2 (10:15pm)

(Smyrna) – Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) officials, along with other emergency response agencies across the state are monitoring the snowstorm that is making its way through the state overnight.  The National Weather Service (NWS) posted a Winter Storm Warning for New Castle County earlier today, extended the warning to Kent and Sussex Counties Thursday evening, while increasing the amount of snow expected.  NWS forecasters are now saying that as much as 6-8 inches of snow could fall in New Castle and Kent Counties, with 3-5 inches in Sussex County.

The weather conditions bring two problems to the state – snow accumulations and high winds.  Coastal Flood Advisories are up for Kent and Sussex Counties.  Additionally, the winds will cause the snow to drift and create patchy areas on roadways.  Drivers should use extreme caution throughout the storm period.  The other problem is the extreme cold associated with this weather.  Temperatures will be in the teens overnight across the state, and by morning, wind chills could register around -5 degrees Fahrenheit.  Those venturing outside should dress appropriately as hypothermia is a possible danger.  Pets should be sheltered or brought indoors.

 

 

Delaware State Police report:

New Castle County

Main and secondary roads are still passable, however they are becoming snow covered. Only one lane is getting by on most major roads. It is snowing heavily and is windy. Roads are treacherous. 33 accidents and disabled vehicles in a two hour period.

Property Damage Accidents: 33

Personal Injury Accidents: 0

Disabled vehicles: 12

 

Kent County

Roads are snow covered or accumulating.

Personal Injury Accidents: 2

Property Damage Accidents: 9

Disabled Vehicles: 1

 

Sussex County

Primary and secondary roads in the north of county are starting to cover. Southern roads just wet. Snow is falling in all parts of county at this time.

Personal Injury: Accidents 0

Property Damage Accidents: 2

Disabled Vehicles: 0

 

DelDOT dropped the speed limit on I-495 to 45MPH earlier in the evening due to road conditions.