WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS/AP) — Governor Jack Markell announced he has lifted the State of Emergency with Level One Driving Warning for New Castle County, effective at 2 p.m. today.

The State of Emergency with a Level 1 Driving Warning was lifted in Kent County at noon.

State offices in Kent and New Castle counties were closed Thursday, though state offices in Sussex County opened two hours late.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the City of Wilmington announced the city will be closed Friday, February 14, 2014 due to inclement weather and additional anticipated snowfall that is expected to begin this evening. Essential personnel must still report for duty.

The National Weather Service forecasts up to 10 inches of snow in parts of Delaware. The weather service received reports early Thursday of 5 inches in New Castle County, nearly 4 inches in Kent County and about 2 inches in Sussex County.

Markell says conditions in Kent and New Castle counties have deteriorated and encourages people who don’t need to travel to stay off the roads. He says Department of Transportation crews are working to clear roads and are continuing to monitor conditions.

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