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Middletown Transcript
  • Delaware braces for next major winter storm

  • Snow is in the air once again with a major winter storm expected to hit sometime after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and last until Thursday evening, with snow tonight changing over to sleet in the morning before converting back to snow tomorrow afternoon.
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  • Snow is in the air once again with a major winter storm expected to hit sometime after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and last until Thursday evening, with snow tonight changing over to sleet in the morning before converting back to snow tomorrow afternoon.
    The latest forecast from the National Weather Service is predicting 6 to 8 inches of snow and sleet in the M.O.T. area by the time the storm passes.
    Strong winds with gusts of up to 30 miles per hour also could result in power outages and downed tree limbs.
    A Winter Storm Warning will take effect from 10 p.m. Wednesday and continue until 1 a.m. Friday.
    St. Georges Tech, along with all other schools in the New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District, as well as the Brandywine, Christina, Colonial and Red Clay school districts  announced school closures on Thursday in the early afternoon.
    Appoquinimink School District announced at 8 p.m. that its two high schools and all district offices would be closed Thursday. Students in Pre-K through eighth-grade were already scheduled to be off to allow for parent-teacher conferences. All conferences planned for Thursday also have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
    All district students will have off on Friday for a pre-scheduled professional development day, as well as Monday for Presidents' Day.
    MOT Charter School also closed school on Thursday while St. Anne's Episcopal School had not announced any closures or late opening as of 8:45 p.m.
    Gov. Jack Markell has signed an executive order calling on the Delaware National Guard to prepositioned personnel and vehicles in advance of the winter storm.
    "While no one is sure exactly what the storm will bring, we are in constant communication with other response agencies in the state – and are prepared," Major Gen. Frank Vavala, adjutant general of the DNG, said, adding that 120 soldiers and airman ready to help transport stranded motorists to safety.
    Townsend Mayor Jermaine Hatton declared a snow emergency this morning that will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Thursday. Residents are urged to remove all vehicles from town streets to facilitate emergency vehicle traffic and snow removal efforts, while residents of even-numbered street addresses are required to park in their driveway or on the opposite side of the road.
    Vehicles violating the snow emergency order could be towed.
    Meanwhile, Delaware State Police are urging motorists who must travel tonight and tomorrow to use "extreme caution" and be prepared for snow-covered and slippery roads, along with strong winds and limited visibility.
    Motorists also are urged to allow ample time to reach their destinations, create extra space between vehicles and keep their headlights on to increase visibility.
    Page 2 of 2 - DelDOT also recommended state residents complete any errands they have tonight before the storm hits.
    DelDOT has already begun pre-treating major highways and will have a full staff of plow operators and salt truck operators in place by 9 p.m. tonight.

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