Georgetown, Del. (7 a.m. Wed., Jan. 22, 2014): Sussex County is beginning to dig out from the second major winter storm to affect the region in 2014, but strong, gusty winds and temperatures in the teens today will cause blowing, drifting snow, making travel on area roads hazardous.
Crews from the Delaware Department of Transportation are out in force this Wednesday morning plowing as much as 4 inches of snow and ice from major arteries before turning their attention to secondary and side roads later today. But winds up to 30 mph could cause many plowed roads to become snow-covered again, and high temperatures in the teens will keep most of the snow on the ground. Sussex County government offices are closed today, joining the State of Delaware and local school districts.
A limited state of emergency with a travel advisory urging motorists to avoid travel remains in effect. Meantime, a wind chill advisory is in effect for the county, with strong winds and temperatures in the teens today feeling more like 10 to 15 below zero.
“The bottom line message today is if you don’t need to go out, stay inside,” Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joseph Thomas said. “Give the road crews time and space to do their jobs, and don’t put yourself in danger by exposing yourself to the elements or getting stuck in a ditch or snow drift.”
For updates on the storm or any emergency response, stay tuned to local media outlets, and be sure to follow the County’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, www.facebook.com/SussexCountyDE, twitter.com/sussexde_govt and twitter.com/SussexCtyDE_EOC. For non-emergency storm-related questions, contact the EOC’s storm hotline at (302) 856-7366.