Winter weather driving restriction remains in effect in Sussex

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Traffic cam photo from Sussex County.

The National Weather Service and state officials continued to warn about dangerous conditions as a powerful storm moved out of the state, but left high winds in its wake.

Gov. John Carney issued a Level 1I driving restriction in Sussex County as well as a State of Emergency on Thursday. The restriction remained in effect on Friday morning. Carney also authorized the Delaware National Guard to assist state and local officials with any necessary response and recovery for this severe winter storm.

The Level 2 Driving Restriction means that no one may operate a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways, except for persons designated as “essential personnel.”

Travel on the roads is restricted to emergency workers, public utilities, healthcare providers including hospital staff, public and private operators of snow removal equipment, private sector food and fuel deliveries, and those industries, companies, or organizations that have been provided a waiver, including businesses with pressing continuity and operational issues, a release stated.

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Snowfall totals, according to the University of Delaware’s DEOS system ranged from 10 and a half inches in Dagsboro in Sussex County to between two and three inches in parts of northern Delaware, according to the University of Delaware’s DEOS system.

The weather service warned that 40 to 45 mph gusts are possible Friday in Coastal Sussex County.

Delmarva Power’s outage map reported scattered outages, with only a handful of customers without electricity as of Thursday afternoon. Delaware Electric Cooperative issued a Beat the Peak alert that seeks to conserve electricity and avoid buying more expensive peak power. The cooperative in Kent and Sussex counties often sees peak power use in the winter.

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