Delaware December 18, 2018
It’s Impossible To Forget The Year Delaware Saw Its Single Largest Snowfall Ever
Winter begins in just a few days and Delawareans are pretty divided on their feelings. Some of us can’t wait for the crisp, cold air and peaceful snowfalls. Others have been counting down the days ’til spring since summer ended. Where do you fall on the spectrum of winter lovers and winter haters? Regardless of your personal snowfall convictions, chances are you clearly remember the “Snowmaggeddon” storms of February 2010 and the worst snowstorm in Delaware history.
February of 2010 is a month that no Delawarean will ever forget. On the night of the 5th, a blizzard whipped into the peninsula, determined to leave its mark.
As the snow fell and fell, nobody could believe what they were seeing.
All previous snowfall records were smashed by the storm that hit on February 5th and 6th. 24 inches of snow fell in Kent County, New Castle saw 26 inches, and Sussex County saw 21 inches. Previous snowfall records for the state did not top 19 inches, so each county blew that away.
By the time the snow removal had begun and the power lines were being repaired, another blizzard came roaring in.
The storm of February 9th and 10th did not drop nearly as much snow, but an additional 5-10 inches fell, depending on the location. All told, most of the First State saw 30 inches of snow land on their lawns in less than a week.
Rural neighborhoods were cut off for days, either due to snow-covered roads or widespread power outages.
More than 86,000 Delawareans were without power, and utility crews from several states arrived to help restore power to the state.
Those of us in the city weren't too lucky, either. Cars were buried, the power was out, and public transit was suffering.
About 400 members of the Delaware National Guard were activated, and over 150 National Guard vehicles worked to rescue and transport desperate and trapped Delawareans. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency was staffed and working around the clock from February 5th through Valentine's Day.
Snow removal turned out to be a big problem in Dover. By March, the soccer fields were still blocked by piles of relocated snow!
Snow was dumped near the entrance to Schutte Park, specifically. When spring came around in March, there was still a mountain of icy sludge blocking the way. Eventually, Dover had to bring in front end loaders to relocate the snow again.
There was nowhere to put the snow in the city, so sidewalks remained half-cleared, with mountains of snow emerging along the curb.
Luckily, the first storm hit on a Friday. Still, with over two feet of snow dropped in one quick storm, the city struggled to get back on its feet in time for the work week. The second storm was a comedic blow to everyone who had worked to get their offices running and parking lots cleared.
Days later, all of Delaware looked like a winter wonderland.
Sure, it was gorgeous, but it was an expensive storm! Both blizzards combined to cost the state almost $9 million.
Do you remember the Snowmaggedon of 2010? Share any photos you snapped with us in our
Delaware Nature Lovers Facebook group!