Providence Creek Academy and the Smyrna School District have both cancelled school on Wednesday, Jan. 22 due to the snow storm that hit the area Tuesday.
Smyrna School District offices will also be closed due to the weather. Smyrna dismissed students early on Tuesday due to the expected weather. The half-day dismissal came at the right time as snow had started coming down rather hard in the area.
Providence Creek Academy cancelled school all together on Wednesday due to the travel distances and hub stops to pick up children, PCA administrators felt the safest action to take was to cancel school.
Gov. Jack Markell declared a Winter Storm State of Emergency earlier today with a Level 1 Driving Ban. The ban discourages driving but encourages extra caution for residents that must drive.
"We strongly encourage drivers who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from being on the road," Markell said. "Conditions have deteriorated, and it is safer not to drive if you don't have to. DelDOT crews are continuing to work on clearing roads and we will continue to evaluate conditions."
The Delaware Emergency Management Agency's first status report at 4:30 p.m. reported that the National Weather Service now expects Kent County to accumulate 4 to 8 inches of snow. New Castle County could receive 8 to 14 inches.
Moreover, the Delaware National Guard has prepositioned personnel and vehicles in an effort to support the state throughout the winter storm.
"We are working with DEMA and ready to support the state as needed," said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard. "Support to the state is what makes the National Guard unique from any other service component. It is a part of our heritage for which we are extremely proud."
The National Guard has support prepositioned in Newport, Smyrna and Georgetown.
The Delaware National Guard Joint Emergency Operations Center is manned around the clock, until the event is complete.
Firefighters and security police serve 24-7.
The Delaware National Guard has 2,700 Soldiers and Airmen. Although several hundred are deployed overseas, the Delaware National Guard has the capability to support this snow event with as many troops as needed.