Thursday night’s snow means an unscheduled day off Friday for First State school children .
School districts in New Castle County made the call before 10pm Thursday night. Schools and offices in the Appoquinimink, Brandywine, Christina, Colonial, New Castle Vo-Tech and Red Clay school districts are all closed Friday.
Caesar Rodney, Capital, Milford, Indian River, Lake Forest, Polytech, Smyrna and Woodbridge school districts also announced their schools are closed Friday.
A number of districts in Sussex County were already closed Friday as part of their winter break today. Those districts are Cape Henlopen, Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, and Sussex Tech.
The University of Delaware is opening two hours late.
There are also closings and delays of note beyond schools locally. State of Delaware offices are closed Friday. Non-essential employees are not to report to work, but essential employees are to report as scheduled.
Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware) issued a statement urging residents to stay off the roads, if possible.
“DelDOT crews are actively working to clear primary roads. 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 in the statement. “State offices will be closed today because of road conditions and because it does not appear that state facilities will be safe for employees and the public until some point late today, if then. Other employers should evaluate for themselves whether and when their facilities will be safe and the status of road conditions in their vicinity.”
Dover, Newark and Wilmington have also closed their offices for the day with only essential employees to report. New Castle and Sussex County offices are closed, along with Kent County Levy Court.
Dover Air Force Base has announced a 2-hour delay in reporting Friday for non-mission essential personnel.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court and U.S District Court in Delaware have also announced they are closed Friday.
The Delaware Emergency Management Agency reports as of 6 am that in New Castle County there are some lanes on roadways that are clear, but still others that are snow covered. In Kent County, DEMA says roads are snow covered and slippery and in Sussex County, roads are still covered with snow, ice and slush. Secondary roads have drifts in some spots making them passable in the northern to central areas of county.
DART reports statewide bus service, both fixed route and paratransit are operating with two exceptions
Route 8 – No service at this time.
Route 117 in Dover: Is operating but bypassing Mifflin Meadows and PolyTech High School.
DART officials add that delays are expected due to road conditions. DART also reports SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line is also operating, but with 30 minute delays.
The DEMA reported between 8pm and 10pm Thursday night there were 33 accidents and disabled vehicles in New Castle County. There were few issues overnight in all three counties, according to DEMA when traffic was minimal.