First snowfall of 2019 blankets Dover

Neighborhoods in the Dover area received around five inches of snow by Sunday morning in the first winter storm of 2019.

DOVER – The first snow of 2019 in Dover and the surrounding areas began falling just after 8 p.m. on Saturday night as the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys were just about to kick off their NFL playoff game.

By Sunday morning, long after the Rams had defeated the Cowboys to advance to next week’s NFC Championship Game, five inches or so of the white stuff was covering yards, the roofs of houses and cars throughout the Dover area.

It marked the first time that significant snow had visited Kent and Sussex counties since March 2018, when a trio of Nor’easters hit Delaware in rapid succession.

Lauren Woodpond, of Dover, admitted she has a love-hate relationship when it comes to snow.

“They did a good job salting and brining the roads,” Ms. Woodpond said, of workers for the Delaware Department of Transportation. “I don’t like snow. I come from California, and actually, I was super excited to move somewhere with the snow and then it started snowing and I hated it.

“It’s inconvenient, it’s dangerous and some people drive too slow in the snow and some people drive insane, so you get a mix of just danger. But as long as the roads are good, I don’t mind snow.”

That’s a good thing, considering the National Weather Service was predicting snow before 10 a.m. this morning, then more of the white stuff, possibly mixed with sleet, with total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. The NWS also forecasted a high temperature near 34 degrees with a northeast wind 10 to 17 mph. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

The NWS is also calling for snow tonight, mainly before 1 a.m. with new snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

It is expected to clear out overnight Sunday and Monday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 36 degrees.

Adrian Mouzone, of Dover, was skeptical when the snow first began to fall on Saturday night.

“I don’t think the snow if going to be as much as they predicted, but I think the snow is going to affect a lot of small companies that can’t get the resources out there for their revenue,” he said.

“What I like about the snow is that it’s winter, and it’s time to bring on some snow. I’m from New Jersey and I like to see it because the winter season is all about snow.”

DelDOT’s crews began brining the primary roadways in all three counties on Friday. Brine causes the initial coating of snow and ice to melt and slows down or may even stop the accumulation of ice and snow on the road surface. Brine also serves as a bond breaker, which helps for clearing the road.

Motorists are advised to stay tuned to weather sources and to plan their trips accordingly. The DelDOT Transportation Management Center (TMC) and WTMC-1380 AM also provides motorists real-time traffic conditions throughout Delaware. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues by dialing the following numbers: #77 from any cell phone in Delaware; (302) 659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.

In addition, motorists should be alert for snow plows on the roads and maintain a distance of several car lengths from snow plows as they work to plow and treat roads. Once snow plows are active, the DelDOT snow plow tracker will be available on the free DelDOT app and www.deldot.gov.

DART and Paratransit customers are urged to stay tuned to weather reports and be prepared for service interruptions should weather conditions worsen. In the event of any service interruption, DART will issue Rider Alerts to riders who subscribe to the service. For further information, visit https://www.dartfirststate.com/.

Delaware Electric Cooperative didn’t show any power outages as of 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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