More snow, freezing temps don't stop kids from sledding

By Amy Cherry/Chris Carl 5:11am, January 3, 2014 - Updated 5:00pm, January 3, 2014
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with kids, braving the fierce cold for some sledding in Rockford Park.
More snow than expected and a dangerous deep freeze didn't stop dozens of kids from taking the plunge down the big hill.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more from Rockford Park.

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More snow than expected and gusty winds made for near perfect sledding conditions at Rockford Park --that is if you REALLY like the cold. Most kids don't seem to mind.

"It's fun going down and racing," says seven-year-old Gavin Leffert.

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"It's the best thing to do when it's a snow day and you're missing school," says Max and his buddy Ethan.

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Bundled up with hats, gloves, scarves, boots, and even hand and toe warmers, most parents would take the fierce cold over a day at work any day.

"They called off work," says Alex Milne, who was out sledding with his daughter, Isobel.

"How'd that feel when you found out?" I asked.

"About the same as my daughter. I'm always excited for a snow day," says Milne.

"So it's just as exciting the older you get?" I asked.

"Absolutely," says Milne.

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But he's bound for warmer temperatures this weekend.

"We are contrasting today's snow with a trip to the Caribbean tomorrow. I like both. I like the cold, but I'll be snorkeling tomorrow so," he said with a smile.

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While most kids had a blast, Noah Brown was ready to call it quits.

"Did you have fun sledding though?" I asked.

"No, not really. I feel like I have frostbite, and it's cold," says Brown.

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Prices Corner, Hockessin, Townsend and Dover got more than six inches.

Wilmington received six inches of snow. The National Weather Service initially reported Wilmington received more than nine inches of snow, but they have reduced that number.

DelDOT personnel in New Castle and Kent counties worked through the night to make roads as safe as possible for Friday morning's commute.

Roads in New Castle County were pre-treated with salt and salt brine roads to slow or eliminate snow and ice buildup, but agency spokesman Jim Westhoff says they've also been battling blowing and drifting snow.

"We are seeing some of that. That's one of the reasons we've got to keep at it today, because like you said, as soon as we plow, shortly thereafter, the snow could come and fill up what we just plowed out," says Westhoff.

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He says the frigid temperatures also make road salt less effective.

The majority of schools have closed for Friday. State of Delaware, New Castle County and City of Wilmington offices are also closed Friday.

Remember to check out information on weather-related cancellations, closings and delays on the WDEL SnoWatch page.

DART's statewide bus services, both fixed route and paratransit, are operating with the exception of the following routes in New Castle County:

Route 8 - No service at this time.
Route 10 - No service to Centerville. All buses will short turn at Pennsylvania Ave and Rising Sun Lane.
Route 24 - Buses will remain on Governor Printz Blvd.

Delays can be expected due to road conditions.

SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line is also operating. Delays can be expected.

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