WEATHER ALERT: Officials urge caution as motorists return to roadways

Delaware remains under a State of Emergency on Friday morning, Feb. 12, 2010. The State of Emergency has been in effect since 12 midnight, Feb. 10. The travel bans contained in the original State of Emergency declared by Gov. Jack Markell that prohibited travel on Delaware roadways by non-essential vehicles were lifted on Thursday. The change was effective at noon on Feb. 11 in New Castle County, and at 6 p.m. in Kent and Sussex counties.

Motorists are being reminded that driving conditions on some roads are still hazardous. Primary roads in New Castle County above the C&D Canal are dry, while half of secondary roads are still snow=covered. Ninety percent of minor roads in that same area are snow=covered.

In New Castle County south of the C&D Canal primary roads are wet with some snow cover, while half of secondary and minor roads are still snow-covered.

Primary roads in Kent County are dry, while secondary and minor roads remain snow-covered, wet and icy.

In Sussex County, primary roads are wet, secondary roads are snow covered, and minor roads are wet, icy and snow-covered.

Delaware Transit Corporation has reported that DART buses will be running today with some detours. There is no R2 train service south of Wilmington.

Delmarva Power is reporting 1,196 power outages in New Castle County and six in Sussex County.

The reduction in power outages has also resulted in fewer people needing to use emergency shelters. As of Friday morning, 16 people were reported at the shelter established at Milford Middle School, and 10 at Sussex Central High School.

Using authority granted in the State of Emergency declaration, teams from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), Delaware State Police and Delaware National Guard began removing abandoned vehicles from roadways on Thursday. Owners whose vehicles were towed should contact the nearest State Police troop to determine its location. Recovery fees charged by private towing companies may vary.