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  • Smyrna officials close offices, ask residents to conserve energy

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  • The snow storm that is hitting Smyrna today has caused closures and cancellations for the town.
    Town officials announced the numerous cancellations around noon on Tuesday. The closures and cancellations are as follows:
    • Tonight's Smyrna Town Council meeting is cancelled
    • Tonight's Smyrna Finance 3-5 Year Planning Subcommittee meeting is cancelled
    • The Wednesday, Jan. 22 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting is now rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29
    • Smyrna Town Government offices and the Smyrna Public Library closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday
    • Today's (Jan. 21) utility bill due date is extended until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22
    Significant snowfall is expected Tuesday throughout the night, and is anticipated to be followed by bitterly cold air, officials said.
    A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. The National Weather Service anticipates snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches throughout Kent County.
    Motorists are advised to adjust travel plans accordingly as driving conditions will rapidly deteriorate and become hazardous as snow falls.
    Gov. Jack Markell released a statement earlier this morning regarding the storm.
    "Snow has begun falling throughout most of the state and significant snowfall totals are expected," Markell said. "We strongly encourage drivers who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from going on the roads to give DelDOT plows time and ability to work. If you don't need to be driving, stay home until roads are cleared."
    Markell said DelDOT crews are actively working to clear primary roads and will continue to do so. State offices closed at noon because road conditions are expected to deteriorate as the storm continues to move across the state. Markell said other employers should evaluate the status of road conditions in their vicinity.
    Town asks residents to conserve energy
    Frigid temperatures cause stress on region's power grid.
    Town of Smyrna officials, in partnership with PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for more than 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia, are asking its utility customers to voluntarily conserve electricity this evening. PJM's call for conservation was promoted by the extremely high demand for electricity because of continuing frigid weather conditions.
    Town officials are asking residents to conserve power, if health permits, from 4 to 8:00 p.m. this evening.
    Customers can take these simple electricity conservation steps to help the Town of Smyrna avoid having to reduce power to its residents:
    • Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits;
    • Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until after 9:00 PM, when the demand for electricity decreases;
    • Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using.
    Page 2 of 2 - Conserving electricity will help ensure adequate power supplies and the ability to reduce the need for more drastic measures including electricity curtailments. The Town of Smyrna will continue to carefully monitor power supply conditions and will do everything possible to keep power flowing throughout our service area.

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