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Workers taking extra steps to keep warm in freezing temps

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Most of the people we saw were driving to and from work, even the Ohio River Bridges crews took the night off because of the bitter cold. Most of the people we saw were driving to and from work, even the Ohio River Bridges crews took the night off because of the bitter cold.
Jimmy Duke Jimmy Duke
Plenty of LG&E crews were out working overtime to help keep you warm. Plenty of LG&E crews were out working overtime to help keep you warm.
Buddy Hayes Buddy Hayes
Justin Hayes Justin Hayes

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As temperatures dropped to 2 degrees below zero at 10 p.m. Monday, folks who work outside were doing their best to stay warm while trying to get paid.

Most of the people we saw were driving to and from work, even the Ohio River Bridges crews took the night off because of the bitter cold.

At the McDonald's drive thru we found out scarves, hats and gloves are necessary. "You can't step outside for a second," one employee yelled to us.

Earlier in the day we found plenty of wrapped-up mail carriers, "The wind has been pretty bad that's the worst part," said mail carrier Jimmy Duke, "When the wind isn't blowing it's not too bad."

No rain, snow or wind chill below zero will stop dedicated postal workers like Duke.

"I got on long johns, a pair of jeans and my work pants," Duke explained but said, "There are only so many layers you can put on and still move."

His biggest issue? To flip through the mail his finger must be exposed. "I've got two gloves on this hand that I hold the mail," Duke explained he uses his other hand to flip through it, "It gets pretty cold so I cover it up whenever I can," he laughed.

Plenty of LG&E crews were out working overtime to help keep you warm.

And for all those engines that won't turn over?

"They get so cold they (cars) just don't want to crank so you have to tow them," explained Buddy Hayes of Advantage Towing. Buddy made plenty of cold calls Monday night for AAA with his son Justin.

The father and son had plenty of layers on, "I have about four shirts on and a couple pairs of pants and some coveralls," Buddy said. He was also wearing two hats.

Although they're used to working in the cold, Monday night was different. Justin said his face was feeling the most pain, " I need a mask to cover-up," he smiled.

Still when cars won't start, there's no stopping them.  Buddy said, "You've got to make a living, everyone's got to eat."

Besides wearing layers, experts said if your working outside in freezing temperatures, drink plenty of water and eat more each day and don't expose skin to the elements.

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