- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a state of emergency following the arrival of a winter storm expected to dump more than a foot of snow to the area.

The state of emergency took effect at 5 p.m. Friday. It allows Markell to deploy the National Guard, first responders, and other personnel to close roadways and take other actions to protect public safety and property.

Officials also said a driving warning would take effect at midnight and would likely be upgraded to a ban on driving except by those designated as “essential personnel” or who have received a waiver from emergency management officials.

The National Weather Service has declared a blizzard warning for New Castle County, and Kent and Sussex counties are under a winter storm watch.

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