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Outside work has some braving cold temperatures

By Christie Post - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The South Plains is in a deep freeze having the coldest temperatures of the season so far. But what if you had to work outside? That's what some people around Lubbock do no matter how bitter cold it is.

"Today it's not bad because the wind's not blowing," said Stan Matthes, United States Postal Service.

Stan Matthes is a mailman who walks door to door delivering mail regardless of the frigid temperature.

"This morning people left their sprinklers on last night, so when you go up on their porch, sidewalk or cut across their yard you have to be careful," said Matthes.

Matthes walks block after block to make sure every one of his 700 houses gets their mail. Rain or shine he makes sure he's dressed the part.

"Dress in layers, where your gloves and toboggan," said Matthes.

Other workers around the Hub City said the winter is the busiest time of the year.

"As cold as its been the last few days, we've had a lot of calls. We're going to replace this and get his heater going," said Keith Mowery, Total A/C Owner.

When temperatures drop, heating technicians are busy answering calls from cold people.

"If they don't have a fireplace or other means of heat they want us there pretty fast. And I don't blame them," said Mowery.

On bitter cold days like Tuesday, they average 10 to 20 calls a day.

"We have a package we have to go put on a roof this afternoon. We put one on a dentist's office last year and it's was snowing," said Mowery.

And folks stocking up for the cold temperatures have left Fired Up Firewood almost empty.

"It's just like if you remember back in western days cowboys would build a fire and lay by it cause the heat off of it keeps them warm," said Melvin Barley, Fired Up Firewood, "when it gets cold and the men are loading, you know their wives sent them on out here."

Short term forecast has temperatures getting a little warmer by weeks end, but until then people working outside will just have to bundle up.

"We just put on as many clothes as possible and grow a beard," said Mowery.

As a reminder when it's cold outside:

  • Turn off your sprinklers
  • Bring in your pets and plants
  • Keep cabinets open to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Dress in layers when going outside

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