WFFT headed out around Fort Wayne today to see how local workers are managing the frigid air.
We found a few people around town who were bundled up, and found out how they're preparing for the deep freeze coming our way.
John Frew and his crew don't have time to worry about the cold.
They travel the country upgrading cell phone towers--
For them, cold, winter air is nothing new.
"It was pretty cold, you know. The wind is what bites into you. If it's not windy, you're ok. That wind, once it gets going, it gets pretty bad," Frew says.
This afternoon, it was fourteen degrees in Fort Wayne.
Yes, you're reading that right- feels like minus-five.
And 20 mile per hour winds throughout the day.
This week, it could get even colder- with lows near zero, and highs just above 10 degrees.
Outdoor workers like Victure Scruggs try to plan ahead.
"Unless the wind is blowing, like it is this week. If it's kind of still tomorrow, even if the temperature might be lower, but it don't bother us nearly as much," Scruggs says.
Even though much of downtown is closed January 21st, Dash Inn manager Bobby Rue says he's still pouring a lot of hot coffee.
"Monday being a holiday, it's not quite as busy as we would normally see it, but there have been extra people coming in for coffee. But the cold weather always brings in people," Rue says.
Plumber Dean Koontz has worked at Northside Plumbing for 42 years.
He remembers the winter of 1977, when temps plummeted to minus-sixteen that January.
"We were running twenty-four hours a day for several days, and all we were doing was cutting lines and capping them," Koontz says.
Koontz warns people to take precautions for their home when temperatures drop near zero- like heat-taping exposed pipes and closing garage doors.
"I'd tell them to leave the water trickle a little bit. The hot and cold... Especially if it's on an outside wall, or vanities next to an outside wall... Maybe let the cupboard doors open, let the heat from the home get in there," Koontz says.