Big snow dig is on in Delaware; cold temps set in

Ice and snow have shut down Delaware for the second day in a row, but there are signs going on of people digging out.  Governor Jack Markell announced the state of emergency, which limits driving, was lifted at 10am. 

The state and the region were hit with several inches of snow throughout the day Tuesday and according to the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, snow accumulations varied across the state. Hockessin in New Caste County reported 10 inches of snow while the Dover area saw about 5.5 inches. In Sussex County, Laurel reported 1 inch.

Temperatures dropping into the single digits Tuesday night and the Delaware Department of Transportation said removal efforts have been a struggle.

According to DelDOT, temperatures below ten degrees make it extremely difficult to melt snow while wind gusts have been blowing snow back on to cleared roads.

Emergency crews across the state responded to dozens of accidents Tuesday and Governor Jack Markell advises Delawarens to stay off the roads as DelDOT continues to clear the roads. 

“If you do not need to be out on the roads this morning, please don’t drive,” said Markell. “This gives DelDOT the space it needs to get its work done and will help keep you safe.”

The governor has closed all state offices for a second day. The General Assembly canceled their committee meetings and both the city of Wilmington and New Castle County are closed. Government offices in Kent and Sussex counties are also closed. Essential employees should report as scheduled.

All school districts in the state are closed as well as most colleges including Delaware State University and Wilmington University. The University of Delaware is scheduled to open at noon.

All Blood Bank of Delmarva donation centers will be open today.  

DART busses in all three counties are expected to run today with delays. Schedule updates can be found on DART’s website.

If you are on the roads today, Delaware State Police urges motorists to completely remove snow and ice from vehicles as it can break off and become deadly projectiles on the road. 

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