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Charleston Coping With Bitter Cold

Reported: Apr. 15, 2014 9:17 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) Temperatures were sent plunging to below the freezing mark Tuesday night, getting close to or hitting record lows! It's another punch from the winter that just doesn't want to quit!

Even with a few snowflakes falling, a few runners braved the frigid temperatures Tuesday night to get in a little exercise.

"Well I started my routine last week as my spring running outside and can't really stop now that I've gotten started with it, so I figured I'd just bear the cold!" said Amanda Schwartz of Charleston.

At the University of Charleston, several students went barefoot in the winter-like weather. Those involved in the effort to go shoeless weren't about to side step their plans, since this effort was for a good cause: raising awareness about the global need for footwear.

"We're very blessed to have shoes, and some people around the world can't say that they are. So, this makes it a little more realistic, kind of connects it a little better to everything else. It's a little snowy, but we still have a lot of students who are doing it and who are passionate about it," said Sam Scott, UC student.

And when it comes to outdoor businesses, the snow and frost threat is taken pretty seriously. Vendors at Capitol Market spent extra time taking delicate flowers susceptible to freezing into a warm place and covering up other plants with tarp, blankets, and plastic. Those are all necessary steps to prevent damage and big financial losses for these businesses.

"We've got 2800 flats outisde my house in Evans so I'm a little concerned about that, but we double freeze clothed it. I mean you can't control Mother Nature, so you just have to take your lumps and go on, you know," said Jamie Bostic, Evans Greenhouse.

It's another reason why Bostic and so many others are hoping this really is the last time we see winter weather--in the spring!

"Yeah, I'm pretty much done with it! I'm sick of snow!" said Bostic.

The freeze warning does continue through 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. So don't forget to bring in any plants you can and cover up anything else outside that you don't want to be damaged by this bitterly cold weather.



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