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First Snow of the Season Sprinkles Across Delmarva

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Delmarva saw its first snow of the season on Tuesday. WRDE's meteorologists say this is the fifth time in reported history that Sussex County has seen measurable snow as early as November. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) says it was keeping  an eye on the wet roads in case they started to freeze. Businesses say the snow caused them to sell shovels and salt arguably early. 

The first snow flurries of the season blew down Second Street in Lewes on Tuesday, making Margo Jackson question whether or not she could drive back to her other home in Fort Washington the next day.

"I'm just going to get something to eat, go back home, maybe get some hot tea or hot coffee or something and just sleep," says Jackson. "Lay low, sleep, read, play with my dog."

Best's Ace Hardware in Lewes has pet-safe salt, shovels, scrapers, and more for those who don't wish to lie low. Assistant Manager Michael Clow, who has been with the company for 11 years, says people are prepping for the snow earlier this season.

Clow says customers started prepping for the snow two days early, buying one or two bags of salt. "As the forecast gets closer, they come back and buy more," he says.

South District Engineer Alastair Probert kept an eye on the early wintry weather in case crews needed to react. "We're checking out our equipment, the guys are going over it one last time, everything is getting hooked up, plows the salt bodies in," he says. 

"Our concern right now is what could happen if the snow or rain basically turns into a freezing event if the temperatures drop and the winds don't dry out the roads enough for us," says Probert. "We'll have to salt the roads in that point and time."

DelDOT has 14,000 tons of salt between 8 domes in Sussex County for 80 plow trucks to come pick it up and use to keep the roads safe. The agency says that crews will replenish the domes all winter long.

DelDOT asks drivers who see its salt trucks on the roads to give them space and to drive safely as the roads can get slick. 




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