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Delaware Festivities Continue in Storm

DELAWARE COUNTY (Lisa Rantala) -- Some people in Delaware hoped Friday's snow storm would turn into big bucks in the downtown area.

"Actually, I was kind of relieved," Main Street Delaware's Frances Jo Hamilton said of the snow. "In the beginning of the week, it looked like we were going to get rain. There's nothing that ruins our December First Friday more than rain."

The December First Friday activities included a downtown tree lighting, carriage rides and complimentary hot chocolate.

But while the event was not a wash out, the winter wonderland came with its own weather worries.

"My back end was curving to the median there," said Jacob Shepherds, who crashed on the icy roads. "I was trying to avoid that."

Shepherds, 19, thought the freezing temperatures were fine on US 23 -- until he hit ice, followed by a semi.

"I was like, 'I hope this doesn't tip. It's a semi,'" he said. 

It didn't, but both trucks are out of commission.

But for others, it would take a lot more than a Level 1 snow emergency to ruin the festivities.

"Unless we get a Level 3 snow emergency, where everyone needs to go home, I think we'll have a fairly decent crowd," Hamilton said.
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