Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Smyrna schools, Providence Creek cancel school due to weather

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  • Smyrna School District schools and Providence Creek Academy are closed today due to the expected weather conditions.
    Tuesday marks the second day in a row school has been cancelled due to snowy weather.
    About two inches of snow unexpectedly covered the area on Sunday and turned to rain going into Monday. Schools cancelled school on Monday but the weather cleared up. School officials across the state waited until the early hours of Tuesday morning to cancel school again in preparation for today's expected snowfall.
    The National Weather Service has released a winter weather advisory for our area that is in effect until 5 p.m. today. The area will receive mainly snow up until 3 p.m. with a predicted accumulation of 3 to 5 inches.
    DelDOT has had crews out monitoring and pretreating the roads since early this morning. Road conditions could remain hazardous for much of the day; therefore, DelDOT officials are encouraging anyone that doesn't have to travel to stay off the roads.
    The governor's office released a statement this morning regarding state offices in New Castle County.
    The State of Delaware offices in New Castle County are closed during regular business hours today. Non-essential employees who live or work in New Castle County are not to report to work for today. Non-essential employees who live or work in NCC and who work second and third shift are also not to report to work. Essential employees are to report as scheduled.
    The closures are due to a concern of the expected timing of the storm and snow amounts in New Castle County, secondary and tertiary roads in NCC will not have been cleared by the afternoon commute.
    "The forecast for this storm is that the snow will fall heaviest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will amount to up to 6 inches in New Castle County. Given that timing and that amount of snow, the DelDOT crews that will be out statewide today may be able to keep the primary roads clear for the afternoon rush hour, but drivers going home from work will likely be facing secondary roads, local streets and back roads that may not have been plowed. So removing non-essential state employees who live or work in New Castle County from that afternoon rush hour is the cautious thing to do. We suggest drivers in New Castle County who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from going on the roads late this afternoon to give DelDOT plows time and ability to work."
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