Winter Storm (Blizzard) Grayson — Jan. 4, 2018

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January 4, 2018

Official snowfall totals of between 6.5 (Bethany Beach) and 10.8 inches (Dagsboro) were recorded in the area from Winter Storm Grayson on Wednesday, Jan. 3, through the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 4, with strong winds causing drifts and brief power outages.

Gov. John Carney dropped Level 2 Driving Restrictions for Sussex County as of noon on Jan. 5, temporarily allowing the State of Emergency to remain in place so the Delaware National Guard could continue to assist Sussex County, fire companies and EMS, and Delaware State Police.

Snowplows from northern Delaware were moved south on Friday to help clear roads, including those that may have previously been cleared but were recovered by blowing snow. DelDOT officials said it would likely be Saturday before some secondary roads were plowed. There were several reports of cars getting stuck in drifts or sliding off the road into snow-filled ditches. Some residents reported being unable to get out of their neighborhoods because plows hadn’t yet made it down their streets. Motorists making it out on the roads were strongly advised to continue to exercise caution, as drifting and blowing snow could cause dangerous conditions.

Residents were reminded to continue to exercise caution when outside, as temperatures remain low and winds are making for very low wind chills. Those with health issues potentially worsened by exposure to cold or intense physical activity were advised to avoid overdoing it as they dig out from the blizzard, or to arrange for someone else to do that work. Pets should not be left outside for any significant length of time. Roaming pets and those potentially in danger from the cold should be reported to animal control for their own safety.

Continuing closures Friday and Saturday:
• Beebe Healthcare will return to normal operations Saturday. All locations, services and departments that normally operate on Saturday will be opening at their regular time.
• River Soccer has canceled all indoor soccer games scheduled for this weekend. The season will now open Jan. 13 with games listed on the schedule for Week 2.
• State of Delaware offices in Sussex County remained closed through 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Non-essential employees who live or work in Sussex County were not to report to work for this period. Non-essential employees who work other shifts are to report at 4:30 p.m. or scheduled work time, whichever is later. Essential employees were to report as scheduled.
• The Frankford Public Library was closed Friday.
• In Sussex County, no bus services operated on Friday, with the exception of dialysis paratransit trips only.
• Sussex County government offices were closed Friday, Jan. 5.
• Tanger Outlets — Rehoboth Beach were closed Friday, Jan. 5.
• Indian River School District schools and offices were closed on Friday, Jan. 5. Only IRSD snow-removal personnel are being asked to report to work on Friday.
• Cape Henlopen, Delmar, Laurel, Milford, Seaford and Sussex Technical school districts, and the Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences were also closed Friday, Jan. 5.

Be sure to check out our Facebook gallery of the storm photos below.