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Surviving the cold to get the job done


With the temperatures hitting the single digits, most of us tried to avoid the outdoors Thursday but that's not possible for everyone.

Fox28 caught up with those who had to brave the cold, no matter the temperature, and found out how they survive.

Letter carrier Scott Babcock says, "It's cold, I ain't going to lie about that. I just bundle up."

This is Babcock's third winter trudging through snow to deliver the mail.

Babcock says, "I don't mind the ice or snow, it's the wind that gets to you when it's blowing in your face."

With gusts reaching 30 miles per hour, the wind kept Babcock moving Thursday.

In fact, it only takes him minutes to deliver to every house on a block and he typically covers 8 to 13 miles a day.

Melanie Jewel works inside, but during the lunch hours that's debatable.

Jewel works at the drive-thru at Penguin Point and says, "It's a lot of wind that comes through when we open it up. It's a vacuum effect, it just sucks it in kind of. It's real cold."

Jewel bundles up at lunch as she hands out orders.

So what's Jewel and Babcock's trick to keeping warm when it's 10 degrees out?

"I guess bare with it because you can't do anything about it. Just keep a coat on and wear a thermal underneath our shirts, and keep moving so we can stay warm," says Jewel.

Babcock's trick, "I just wear thermals, usually a couple pair of thermals, pants, thermal shirt, sweatshirt, thermal lining inside my jacket, my jacket."

Also, they say you learn to embrace the job, weather and all.

"Sometimes when you get moving around a lot in here, it gets kind of hot with the fryers so it's kind of refreshing," says Jewel.

Babcock says, "I'll take hot weather, I'm not going to lie, but I don't mind the cold weather either."

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