The anticipation of heavy snowfall has closed the Appoquinimink School District, along with other schools in the area, for a second straight day on Tuesday.
MOT Charter School, St. Anne's Episcopal School and St. Georges Technical High School also joined most New Castle County school in announcing their closure Tuesday, before the first flake of today's anticipated 3 to 5 inches of snowfall had hit the ground.
Appoquinimink began announcing its closing through the media about 4:30 a.m., following a conference call with other superintendents, along with state and county emergency management staff. Automated phone calls went out to parents, teachers and staff before 5:30 a.m.
The snow is expected to begin falling between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. before tapering off at 2 p.m.
The decision by county school districts, as well as private, parochial and charter schools, on Tuesday, follows a day off for most of those schools on Monday, after 4 to 8 inches of snow arrived in the area on Sunday afternoon.
That snow fall, which exceeded most forecasts, was later followed by rain throughout most of Sunday evening and into Monday morning.
Gov. Jack Markell also has closed all state offices in New Castle County today.
"DelDOT crews that will be out statewide today may be able to keep the primary roads clear for the afternoon rush hour, but drivers going home from work will likely be facing secondary roads, local streets and back roads that may not have been plowed," he said in a statement. "We suggest drivers in New Castle County who do not need to travel to delay or refrain from going on the roads late this afternoon to give DelDOT plows time and ability to work."