What you need to know about winter storm Toby

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Governor Carney has issued a Level 1 Driving Warning effective at 2:45 p.m. for New Castle and Kent Counties as snowfall continues.

DOVER (DE): As winter storm Toby intensifies and continues to drop wet heavy snow, Delaware roadways are becoming nastier by the hour. At 2:45 p.m. a level 1 driving restriction goes into effect so if you don’t need to drive, it’s recommended that you don’t.

According to a release by DELDOT, a Level 1 Driving Warning means that “any person operating a motor vehicle shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. In addition, motorists are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the State’s roadways unless there is a significant safety, health, or business reason to do so.”

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“With snowfall continuing to accumulate across Kent and New Castle counties, everyone who can stay off the roads, should stay off the roads,” said Governor Carney. “DelDOT crews are working hard to keep our roadways clear. Thank you to everyone from DelDOT, the Delaware National Guard, and all state and local officials for their work responding to this storm.”

The State of Emergency that was declared by Governor Carney at 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, for the entire state remains in effect until further notice. The authorization allows the National Guard to mobilize resources to assist with response related to heavy snow in New Castle County, and potential coastal flooding in Kent and Sussex counties. The State of Emergency also directs state agencies to assist in response and recovery efforts in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency., officials say.

Governor Carney also announced that State of Delaware offices in New Castle County will be closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Non-essential employees who live or work in New Castle County are not to report to work for this period. Essential employees are to report as scheduled.

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DART has also announced the suspension of all bus service at 6:00 p.m. in New Castle and Kent Counties.

All DART bus service in Kent and New Castle Counties will be suspended at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 21. Riders should plan accordingly.

Paratransit customers with scheduled trips after 6 PM in Kent or New Castle Counties will be contacted to reschedule to an earlier trip. Please call 1-800-652-3278, option 1 for more information.

Additonally, SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line is operating a Saturday schedule with enhanced service to Fairplay at Churchmans Crossing and Newark Stations. See this schedule at: http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/special/pdf/WIL_1.html

The Wilmington and Delaware City DMVs will be closed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Road Conditions Update:

New Castle County:

• The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) continues to treat roads. As of 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, DelDOT maintenance & operations yards in New Castle County are fully staffed and treating roadways due to icy conditions.

Kent County:

• Half of staff will report at 2:00 a.m., and will be fully staffed by 7:00 a.m.

Sussex County:

• A quarter of staff will report at 2:00 a.m., and will be fully staffed by 7:00 a.m. Staff will also be monitoring Route 1 for potential flooding south of Dewey Beach throughout the storm.

Currently, the only flooding-related road closure is River Road located in Oak Orchard in Sussex County.

DelDOT will continue to provide regular updates throughout the duration of the storm event. Answers to commonly asked questions regarding snow removal can be found on the DelDOT Snow FAQ.

Real-time traffic conditions are available via the free DelDOT smartphone app and at www.deldot.gov

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