Bitter cold doesn’t stop workers

Recording breaking low temperatures have been griping the Eastern U.S.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – As temperatures were hovering near zero Thursday morning the air was so cold you could hear the snow crunching under Carmen George’s feet as she delivered mail in Boardman.

As she works her way through the neighborhood, George says the secret to warding off the chill is to wear lots of layers and keep moving – knowing completing her appointed rounds is going to take some time.

“About six hours and there are people who have to stay out longer. They will have to do their full route and then go carry another hour or two after their full route. They are out for almost eight hours a day,” George said.

And mail carriers aren’t alone. Whether its firefighters battling a blaze, truckers securing their loads or workers moving dirt at a construction site, many have braved the cold the last couple of days from before dawn to after dark.

Being out in the cold is just part of the job for many who have to be outside, but Ron Sweetko hit the pavement for a little walk with his dog.

“Me and Maddie come out every day for a walk. I don’t mind it. Her feet get a little cold but other than that this is Ohio,” Sweetko said.

Temperatures are expected to rebound into the weekend. Click for interactive radar.

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