WILMINTON, Del. (CBS) – Delaware Governor Jack Markell has issued a State of Emergency and Level 1 Driving Warning effective Monday, March 3rd at midnight.

Additionally, Markell announced State of Delaware offices will be closed on Monday during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All non-essential employees should not report to work during this period. Essential staff are to report as scheduled.

According to state law, a “Level 1 Driving Warning” means that any person operating a motor vehicle when the warning has been activated should exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the State’s roadways when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.

“Once the precipitation turns to snow, we strongly encourage drivers who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from being on the road,”  said Governor Markell.  “Snowfall amounts are predicted to increase rapidly as the storm progresses, which will create hazardous driving conditions. Hundreds of DelDOT crews will continue to work on clearing roads and we will continue to evaluate conditions.”

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