WEATHER ALERT: Blowing snow keeps road conditions difficult; Level 1 driving warning remains in effect

With overnight blizzard conditions lifting, most Delaware roads remained difficult in the southern and central portions of the state Monday morning as crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) continued to battle blowing and drifting snow. Crews remain focused on primary and multi-lane roads, and will shift their attention to secondary roads as weather conditions allow, officials said.

The Level I State of Emergency, issued last night by Gov. Jack A. Markell remains in effect for Kent and Sussex counties. Public notification will be made when the warning is lifted. A Level 1 Driving Warning means drivers are discouraged from operating a motor vehicle on the state's roadways, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.

State offices are closed Monday for non-essential employees in Kent and Sussex Counties.  Essential employees must report for work in these counties. State offices will open Monday for all employees at 10:00 a.m. in New Castle County.

Road conditions:
In Sussex and parts of Kent County, DelDOT crews worked overnight, battling against drifting snow.  Even though the snow stopped falling around midnight, the high winds kept the snow moving and creating drifts. 

Throughout the night, crews in Sussex County worked on the primary roads, keeping them passable. Today, they will continue to keep the main roads open, but crews are able to start working on the secondary roads this morning.