Schools close ahead of weather, snowfall to continue

DOVER — The forecast snow started falling around 9 a.m. mid-state and is expected to continue intermittently until around 4 p.m., when it’s expected to turn to rain, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Both the winter weather advisory and hazardous weather outlook the weather service declared remains in effect until 4 p.m. today for most of central and southern Delaware.

As of 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) was only reporting about a half inch of snowfall in Smyrna and Dover. “Trace” amounts were also being reported in Greenville and Hockessin. Recordable amounts have not yet fallen at DEOS’s stations in Sussex County.

DelDOT had been expecting snow sooner, but having pre-treated the road with brine, crews remain in standby mode until accumulation starts.

“We’ve got more than 300 plows ready statewide,” said agency spokesman C.R. McLeod. “There’s no reported accumulation yet so we are just monitoring. Will deploy once snow begins to stick to road surface.”

Despite the lack of early morning snow, the weather service still predicts a total accumulation of between 1 to 3 inches for most of central and southern Delaware.

With a high near 37 degrees, sleet and icy conditions are expected to make for precarious travel conditions throughout the day. DelDOT warned motorists to exercise caution while traveling, particularly on bridges and overpasses that “freeze before roadways.”

For a real-time look at road hazards, crashes and traffic cameras along the state’s main roads, visit deldot.gov/map/.

Rain is expected to continue later into the evening, with temperatures continuing to hover around the high 30s. Thursday is forecast to bring some reprieve though, with a chance of rain before 7 a.m., but temperatures likely to climb to a high of 53 degrees by mid-day.

Closings
Leading the pack, Delaware State University and some New Castle County schools announced their intention to close Wednesday on Tuesday evening.

Appoquinimink School District, Early College High School, Newark Charter, MOT Charter, Odyssey Charter, Freire Charter, Las Americas Aspira Academy and Red Clay School District also announced schools would be closed last night.

Since then, all other public school districts statewide closed their doors for today including Cape, Capital, Smyrna, Caesar Rodney, Indian River, Polytech, Milford, Seaford, Sussex Tech and many more.

For a full list of school closings, visit schoolclosings.delaware.gov/.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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