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Tri-State Residents Brace for the Cold

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Right now, the Tri-States are seeing the coldest temperatures seen in two years.

While last year's winter was unseasonably mild, meteorologists say this is still fifteen to twenty degrees colder than is usual. 

It's just a regular night on the job for Angela Wells - delivering for Pop's Pizza. And she says winter nights are the most challenging.

"Kind of running to the door and hoping for them to not - you know, when I knock, I hope for them to open the door really quickly.

And as the temperatures dip lower - she's doing something she doesn't typically do.

"Usually I don't wear a coat, I wear long sleeves, but I have been wearing a coat lately."

She says her car is running most of the night - but cane'S automotive manager mike cane says cars that don't start after sitting out in the sub-zero temps - is common.

"because there's a lot more stress on the starting system, some of the alternators and starters as well - because they take so much out of the battery when you start it in a cold start - everything works harder," he says.

Cane says they had to tow three cars this morning - and they have a truck on call through the night just in case someone else needs help.

"And they just move it out of the driveway and move it to the street, or just go a block to the store, it takes so much out of the electrical system to make that first start that they don't warm it up long enough before they start it up and then it'll fail," he said.

Driver Jake Drepes says he doesn't want to be another towed driver. He took a second look at his battery Monday night.

"Yeah, actually I just got off work - and my truck really kind of sputtered, didn't want to turn over really good."

Others say they only ventured out when necessary, and had big plans for staying warm for the rest of the night.

"Stay in the house" said one driver.

"Inside under blankets" echoed another.

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