On Monday, February 16 a large winter storm covered the Delmarva Peninsula overnight as residents of the Greater Milford Area saw snowfall levels ranging from 4 to 6 inches. On Tuesday, February 17, the State of Delaware and many Delaware schools including the Milford School District were closed as several local businesses shut their doors or opened late for the day. Fortunately for Delaware Department of Transportation (DELDOT) and City of Milford crews the snow was of a powdery texture, which made clearing roads and sidewalks less challenging than other past winter storms.
Downtown Milford was covered with snow and ice as City crews cleared sidewalks and streets in the early morning hours. Those conditions did not keep people out of town as several individuals were seen walking the streets enjoying the beautiful landscape that had been created overnight. Drs. Mitch and Loretta Edmondson walked from their house on Lakeview Avenue down to their favorite Milford coffee spot, Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop, despite freezing temperatures, a snow day tradition that the couple has made over the last 10 years.
“The cold doesn’t bother us and we look forward to seeing Milford dressed up in new snow,” said Loretta. “It is such a peaceful time in Milford. In the last ten years, we have wrapped up in our warmest clothes and walked to Dolce for breakfast on these days, pulling our daughter in her sled when she was small. By the time we get downtown, we can’t wait to tromp into the warm shop with those mouthwatering smells.”
Atrisha Biesterfeld of Milford was also among those that welcomed the snow this time. “My family and I love the snow,” she said. “It was so nice to wake up to six inches of snow and enjoy a day to just have fun. Once the shoveling is done, it’s time to play.” Joining several other families, Atrisha her husband Steve, and their three kids Justin, Gage and Grace enjoyed what looked like a new attraction to the Milford area at the recently constructed overpass at Route 1 and Route 30. Claimed by one father as the “largest snow slope in Delaware”, families were seen walking their sleds and toboggans up the hill for several hours. “It is a perfect hill to use for sledding,” said Atrisha. “We spent over an hour enjoying ourselves and watching other families spend some quality time together as well. The smiles, laughs and genuine joy made the day that much better.”