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Prolonged Cold Snap Makes Winter Seems Longer

January 24, 2014, 7:09 AM by Brittany Larson

Prolonged Cold Snap Makes Winter Seems Longer
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The fierce blast of cold temperatures are taking a toll on some residents who have to spend part of their day working outside.

While enjoying a sunny, yet very chilly morning by walking his dog downtown, Christopher Reistroffer doesn't seem to mind the cold temperatures, but for a good reason.

"I love the cold. I have the opportunity to travel a lot for work and so I'll enjoy the warmth, if you will, of the south and then I come back to the cool of the north and that's a nice combination. I don't mind it one bit," Reistroffer said.

His winter get-away for work came at the perfect time.

"I spent 45 days in Mexico working, so it was 85 degree while it was negative 50 here," Reistroffer said.

But others have to face winter head on. Jeff Nielsen spends most of his day outside delivering cases of beverages to several restaurants and bars across KELOLAND.

"Week after week, I hit Aberdeen too and it seems like every time I go it's cold or warm, it's cold or warm back and forth. I'm tired of it." Nielson said.

Nielson says he doesn't mind the winter when it snows but he could do without the cold.

"It's tricky because your fingers get cold. The metal gets cold. I'd like to see it get in the 30s at least," Neilson said.

According to KELOLAND Meteorologist Scot Mundt, we have had prolonged cold snaps, making it feel like winter is dragging on.

"If the winter were to stop and we just took a look at December, January and February, we would actually be in the top ten for coldest winters. And when we have that snow in place it's harder to warm up and we are getting arctic intrusions from the north and that's keeping us cold too," Mundt said.

While we may see a slight warm up, that won't last long.

"Anytime we get that fresh snow and then we clear out at night and we get our light winds, that's when we really bottom out for overnight lows. So if you see that in the forecast anytime soon be prepared for it to be cold again," Mundt said.

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