Work Or Play, Cold Weather Freezes The Fun Out Of Everything

Working outside on a day like today is..."Imagine you are running through a wind tunnel, you are wet and it is like three degrees outside. And that is basically the same experience," said Papillion Sanitation worker Paul Parker.

He and Logan Hill jumped on and off the dump truck with true speed. They said never slowing down helps to not think about the arctic weather.

The cold weather was a burden for each and every person it seemed. Ben Micek had a chilling experience of his own Thursday in Santee, Nebraska. He and his friends were out duck hunting on the Missouri River. When they went into the river it was flowing, but when they tried to leave it was almost frozen.

"We started leading the way, well it started freezing on us, basically the boat would go up on the ice and then it would break through, and the motor, so you basically be just trying to break ice as you are going," said Micek.

Stuck in the middle of the river, he and another boat had to call for help.

"So you are sitting there for three hours, negative 22, and no one is really talking, because everyone is thinking, and then you start thinking is everyone going to be alright," said Micek.

A Nebraska State Patrol helicopter was sent into rescue him, seven other men and a hunting dog. Fortunately Micek and his hunting buddies were prepared with warm clothes and eventually got back to dry land. They know being prepared helped saved them.

If you must be outside dress in layers, cover up any skin, including your hands, ears, face and even your head with a hat. Also, wear waterproof boots and insulated socks. Finally, keep your time outside to a minimum.

Parker and Hill know all about the importance of layers. But they do have one cold weather request.

"If you hand out hot cocoa to your garbage man they would greatly appreciate it."

To learn more about what to do in cold weather, click the link below.

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