Local school districts report closures and delays ahead of nighttime snowstorm


School districts have reported closures and delays ahead of an overnight winter storm that will cover most of the Delaware Valley with snow by Friday morning.

The Philadelphia School District said students will learn remotely on Friday instead of using a snowy day. All personnel designated as “essential personnel” in inclement weather will be contacted by their supervisor with report instructions, according to district officials. All other staff are expected to work from home.

The Central Bucks County school district, the third largest in the state, will be closed on Friday. The more than 13,000 students in the Downingtown School District will observe the snow from the inside while learning from a distance.

Forecasters expect a winter storm to move from the west overnight and cover the entire region with snow in the early morning hours. Most of the Delaware Valley is expected to receive 2-4 inches of snowfall, but interior parts of New Jersey could reach about a half a foot.

With New Jersey in the crosshairs of another winter storm, Governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for the second time this week. The order takes effect Thursday evening at 10 p.m.

“The forecast winter storm is expected to bring significant snowfall across the state, with snowfall rates approaching 2 inches per hour in some areas and strong gusts of wind,” Murphy said.. “Residents should stay off the road, stay alert and follow all safety protocols.”

Several New Jersey school districts also reported closures on Friday, including the Cherry Hill School District, the Washington Township School District and the Egg Harbor Township School District.

Some Delaware students will enjoy an impromptu long weekend with a snowy day on Friday. Stay on top of the latest closures, delays, and transfers to virtual learning with FOX 29’s School Closures page.

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