The first snowfall in Delaware finds people in the Christmas spirit

- Two weeks before Christmas and the first snowfall arrived in the Delaware Valley. For most people, there is nothing wrong with the snow event. And the time honored tradition of Christmas tree shopping was made all the nicer Saturday, December 9, with a gift of precipitation from Mother Nature.

“All day long, sales have been really good, they really have. What do you think, do you think the snow has anything to do with it? I think they get in the spirit and they have that going on. Hey, it’s actually Christmas time weather versus the 50 or 60 degrees we’ve been having, so it’s good stuff,” said Tom McDonough of the Claymont Lions Club.

The Claymont Lions Club was selling trees outside the local firehouse. And, they said the weather is good for business.

“It’s good for business. We had people rush out to try to beat it last night and today was better. Tomorrow we’ll be selling quite a few trees,” McDonough explained.

The winter like weather was definitely impacting drivers out and about in the afternoon and evening. Remember, it’s been a few seasons since anyone has had to deal with snow on the road.

“You have to drive slow because the roads are slick. Don’t tailgate because you will definitely hit someone or slide into them, so be careful,” said John Welch. 

Just like on I-95 south, a little fishtail, slide and then into the median for one vehicle. Police throughout the region are asking drivers to take it easy.

Or, stay off the roads, like some folks did, and enjoy some time with kids and have fun with the first snowfall of the season.

“It’s wonderful. Kids love it out here, they love to play exactly and get them off the street. Making the best of a snow day? Yes, very much,” said Mark Hoy, a Wilmington resident, out with his family.

“This is so awesome!” said Emmy Alekel, “I’m so glad it snows for Christmas! If it’s cold enough, maybe it’ll stick around. I hope so.”

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