GEORGETOWN, Del. — The Latest on a winter storm hitting Delaware (all times local):
Delaware’s governor has declared a state of emergency in the state’s southernmost county as road conditions worsened in a winter storm.
Gov. John Carney announced the state of emergency Thursday afternoon in Sussex County. Carney also imposed driving restrictions in the county.
The Level 2 restriction prohibits driving on state roads except for people designated as essential personnel.
A coastal winter storm that paralyzed parts of the East Coast with blizzard-like conditions dumped up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow in parts of southern Delaware and caused hundreds of power outages, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries.
Schools and government offices were closed throughout the state Thursday, and officials warned residents to avoid driving if possible. Officials in Sussex County, the state’s southernmost county, said more than 40 cars had been ditched or abandoned since Wednesday night.
Snow accumulations in Sussex County included 8 inches (20 cm) in Stockley, 7.5 inches (19 cm) in Milton, and 7 inches (18 cm) in Selbyville.
Meanwhile, Delmarva Power reported about 2,000 customers without electricity early Thursday afternoon, mostly in northern Delaware, but crews were quickly restoring service to customers.
A blizzard warning was in effect until 7 p.m. for Sussex County, and forecasters warned that winds gusting as high as 40 to 50 mph (65 to 80 kph) would cause whiteout conditions into Friday, with significant drifting of snow through Friday night.