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Many Brave the Freezing Temperatures, Working Outside

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There are some jobs that require someone to be on duty around the clock, every day of the year, regardless of the weather conditions.

When it comes to freezing temperatures, construction workers still have to put on their boots and go to work, despite the elements.

"A lot of it's mental," Cory Jennings, Superintendent at Building Solutions, Inc. said. "If you can get through it and find yourself a cup of coffee now and again, it's tolerable."

Some workers get a chance to warm up in garages or job sheds during lunch, and some can actually move inside to do some of the interior work.

But their concern isn't the cold as much as possible slippery conditions.

"If our materials are covered in snow and ice, we err on the side of caution and wait for better weather," Jennings said.

Chris Stanford works security at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, starting at 5AM.

One of the coldest times of the day.

"It can be very tough," Stanford said. "You just have to wear a lot of clothes, a lot of layers. Layers are very important."

Stanford spends most of her time making the rounds in front of the airport.

But sometimes she gets a chance to head inside and warm up.

"The airport is really good about that," Stanford said. "They tell us 'Do not get cold. Go inside,' and we can look out the windows if it's really bad."

Others spend their day loading and unloading bags from airplanes, keeping the blood flowing.

"Keeps you moving, keeps you warm," Tommy Latimer, Ramp Supervisor for Southwest Airlines said. "In the daytime without the sun out and no humidity, it's not that bad. But as soon as the sun goes down and the inversion starts happening, it gets cold."

Latimer and a couple other guys use the frigid temperatures as a challenge, wearing shorts to work.

"If you're bundled up-top and have a beanie on and gloves, it's all good," Latimer said.

It's all part of a bet. The last one to wear pants wins a steak dinner.

"When it does get cold, we have our rain pants and we'll throw those on," Latimer said. "For some reason that doesn't count with the bet unless you actually have your work pants on."

We also talked to the Nevada Highway Patrol about how their troopers on motorcycles adapt to the weather.

As it turns out, when it gets this cold, they park the bikes and drive cars.

Written by Paul Nelson
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