DELMARVA - Old man winter's first snowfall of the season might be behind us. But the aftermath has been defined by frigid cold temperatures creating less than desirable conditions across the Delmarva Peninsula.
"Very cold," said BJ Hitchens, who was doing some construction work in Dover. "Just hands and feet went numb, watery eyes. Just need to take breaks here and there."
Hitchens was joined by his colleague, Tyler Fadely. He was elevated at least 20 feet in the air on a boom lift Monday afternoon, as he described the conditions.
“It's windy," he said. "Cold, cutting right through you."
The conditions have lead to the opening of Code Purple shelters across Sussex and Kent counties. These shelters open up for the homeless, when the temperature drops below freezing.
At the Milford Multi-Cultural Community Center, beds are lined up inside, and a rack full of hats, gloves, scarves, and jackets can be found outside. On the rack a sign reads "take me if you need me." Center organizer Richard Portalatin said that taking people off the streets in this frigid weather is essential.
"It makes the hearts big," he said. "To have somewhere to go, somewhere warm, some place to eat, which we supply all that. And the Milford community has been really good, sending people in our direction.”
In Lewes, Irene Gerba was out walking with her two dogs. She said the emphasis for her was dressing in layers.
"The wind chill was 17," she said. "So I thought I better bundle up. Hat, scarf, everything."
The cold air can also be disruptive to cars, according to the staff at Kenny's Garage in Milton. Owner Kenny Hughes said that priority number one for drivers should be the use of antifreeze.
“This is the... number one most important thing for this type of weather condition," he said. "Because going down the road, the wind chill on the front of this radiator and the engine is very extreme and will freeze water in an instant.”