Cold Snap Effects

By: Sarah Platt Email
By: Sarah Platt Email

If you spent any amount of time outside, even if it was running to and from your car, you know how cold it is out there. While most of us enjoy the comforts of a heated workplace and home, not everybody is as lucky.

Also, hard to believe, just a week ago Monday, we were dealing with temperatures at a mild 57 degrees, which is a far cry from this Monday’s 18 degree temperatures, with a wind chill of just 2 degrees.

Do the math and that means it literally feels 55 degrees colder than last week!

It’s an especially tough run for anyone working in these conditions. Jerry Ingram knows first hand, working outside for a local parking company. “I dress with double socks, long johns, hats, gloves,” he says.

Meantime, after the boiler went out at South Bend's St. Joseph Grade School, parents were called in to come and pick up their kids from school. “Got the call around 11 o'clock and I was at Target doing some Christmas shopping,” says Karen Delle Donne.

It's a half day off that these kids don't seem to mind. “My favorite part is not having much homework and not having much work in school,” says Alyson Delle Donne.

Meantime, on a day as cold as this, places like South Bend’s Hope Rescue Mission fill up fast. Fortunately, the Rescue Mission provides a warm shelter and meals for those who might not otherwise have a place to go. “It's great, the food is really hot and friendly, safe environment,” says Devoe Watkins, whose staying warm at the Rescue Mission.

“The whole place is really hopping. Last night when it was so cold so quickly, we allowed people to come in early and get some hot coffee to warm up. We've also been distributing blankets,” says Clyde Manning of Hope Rescue Mission.

And if you're wondering how people like Jerry Ingram make it through these days? “What you do is you think about a warm place, you know, you have to do the job, so you think about a warm place, so you just do it,” he says.

These temperatures might have been easier to deal with if we eased into them, so that might be one of the reasons Monday was somewhat of a shock to the system.

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