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Blizzard forces Lubbock businesses to chill out

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Many businesses in Lubbock were forced to close their doors Monday morning because of the blizzard, which seemed like a pie in the sky after Sunday's weather.

"I heard a blizzard warning yesterday but it was almost 70 degrees outside and I almost didn't believe it but I guess it's Texas so that's what you've got to expect," said Tyler Tomson. He is a driver with Jimmy Johns, one of the few businesses that remained open, though it seemed very unlikely Monday morning.

"We got up this morning to snow literally piling up on our front door. We had to scrape it all off," said Tomson. "There was a good six inches piled onto the car window and when we got on the roads they weren't too bad. Once you kind of branched off the main roads it got a little scary."

Tyler worked until 2 p.m., after which he said he and his friends headed over to Mackenzie Park to build a snowboard ramp and continue to have fun in the wintry weather.

But for Melissa Silva, an employee of Ortega Kitchen and Bath by Venetian Marble, Monday's blizzard meant money lost. She says she didn't realize what a big impact the weather would have on the business. 

They had to shut down for the safety of their workers, who have to move heavy marble countertops in and out of vehicles. With several installations scheduled Monday, now those salesmen and installers will have catching up to do. Ortega Kitchen and Bath will reopen Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and will reschedule all installations.

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