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People in Michiana try to stay warm on frigid winter day

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Some considered Tuesday cold and others considered it incredibly frigid.

"[The temperature] was a slap in the face," said Todd Efsits. "I was wondering why I was going out to get groceries when I could've stayed at home."

Efsit's description of the cold weather is very similar to how many people in Michiana felt when they stepped outside for the first time Tuesday.  

After a pretty mild winter, most people say they were not completely ready for the frozen temperatures.

"Its just all of a sudden it hit us it seems like," said Angelina Whalen. "We've had it easy and the roads have been fine and now, this morning, I drove my son to work and the roads were horrible."

Some people enjoyed the weather Tuesday though, because for many students, it meant school cancellations and delays. The latest closings and delays can be found here: FOX 28 Closings & Delays.

"I'm really happy. I went back to sleep after I found out," said Donielle Roberts, an Elkhart student. "It's fun not to go to school."

For some less fortunate people in Michiana though, the cold temps meant finding a better means to survive. The South Bend Center for the Homeless usually has about 12 people stay the night during its winter amnesty program. Monday and Tuesday night the shelter had 20 guests.

"What we offer is a warm, safe environment, a meal, a hot shower," said Taya Groover, Chief Development Officer for the Center for the Homeless. "We don't want to lose anyone in our community due to the weather."

The fact is frigid winters are a reality in Michiana. Whether they are working in it, driving in it, or just trying to avoid it all together, people who have lived here for a long time have pretty much the same advice on how to make it through the cold.

"Make a fire, get lots of coffee and tea, and stay inside," said Efsits.

"Staying in [your house] and not going out in it as much as possible," said Whalen.

When it gets cold like it was Monday and Tuesday, it is always best to have a kit in your car ready to go. In case you get stranded make sure you have a blanket, some water, something to snack on, a first aid kit, a flash light, and you should also consider having a collapsible shovel.

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