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Neighbors Brave Cold Temps in Dover


DOVER, Del. - Mother Nature has done it again. More snow has blanketed the Delmarva region, leaving behind bitter cold temperatures.

"The snow is lighter, but it's colder out," said Jill Baylis of Dover.

Baylis says it's the cold that's making it challenging to be outdoors.

"It's just shoveling (yourself) out is the hard part," said Baylis.

Her neighbor Mark Kershaw agrees. He was shoveling the sidewalk in front of his parent's home.

"My fingers are pretty numb. I've been out here for about an hour," said Kershaw.

Less than six inches of snow of fell across the area overnight. By late-morning, it was 7 degrees. The wind chill made it feel below zero.

"It's pretty cold. It's freezing. My poor little dog went out for a little bit this morning and even she was shivering when she came in. So it's cold," said Linda Sydell of Dover.

"This is bitterly cold wind and for this area we're not used to it," said Ross Trader of Dover.

Trader and a friend were removing snow from Trader's Funeral Home.

"Not much snow is going to move today, but we knew if we got it off and the sun hit it, it'll help melt it," said Trader.

Governor Jack Markell lifted the level one driving restriction around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The sun melted most of the snow on the main roads, like Route 13, leaving a little slush behind. The melted snow made for a much better commute.   

Many of the neighborhood roads, and even side streets were covered with snow. Underneath the snow was a thin layer of ice, which made for slippery road conditions.     

DelDOT crews have been plowing and salting the roads overnight, and throughout the day on Wednesday. Crews say single digit temperatures make salt less effective at melting ice and snow.   
People like Baylis say despite the cold, she loves the snow.

"As you get older you can't play in the snow, so I guess this is our way to play in the snow, said Baylis.

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