Providence Creek Academy and Smyrna School District schools are closed Tuesday, Jan. 7 due to the extreme weather conditions predicted.
The closure is the second time in less than a week the Smyrna School District closed school due to poor weather conditions. School was cancelled Friday due to a winter storm that dumped roughly six inches of snow on the area.
Providence Creek Academy was still on winter break Friday and, therefore, didn't need to cancel school.
The National Weather Service issued a gale warning and wind chill advisory for the State of Delaware Monday due to the impending blast of Artic weather expected.
The gale warning remains in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday, while the wind chill advisory runs through Tuesday at 12 p.m.
Temperatures are predicted to reach record lows during this time frame. Accuweather predicts the temperature will drop tonight from 34 degrees to 17 degrees by midnight. Temperatures are expected to continue to drop through the night, reaching 6 degrees (-18 degrees wind chill) by 6 a.m. Tuesday, and rising only to 11 degrees (-10 degrees wind chill) by noon.
Temperatures will remain in the teens until at least 10 a.m. Wednesday, and will not reach freezing, 32 degrees, until approximately 11 a.m. Thursday.
Roadways will become treacherous as a result of rain and melting weekend snow that will freeze over. DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff said primary and secondary roads in Kent County will be treated with salt and local roads will also be treated, with attention paid to intersections and known problem areas. DelDOT crews will continue to inspect roads and will treat them as needed, Westhoff said.