TUNKHANNOCK — Most of us started today below zero. Temperatures struggled to get out of the single digits in much of our area.
And the cold isn’t going anywhere; the Stormtracker 16 team expects most days to be in the teens through next week. We found people coping with the cold in Wyoming County.
It was not a day for sitting at Riverside Park in Tunkhannock and watching the Susquehanna River flow by, a river that quickly filled with ice again when the temperatures plunged below zero.
But the park wasn’t empty. We found Annie Bonczek out for a walk.
“Just walking my dogs to give them some fresh air,” she said.
With wind chills below zero, it wasn’t a long walk and sweaters were a must for both pups.
“They wanted to, they were crying and jumping up and down and I said ‘OK, if you want to go for a walk, we’ll go,’ but I think we’re on their way home now.”
Charlie Secor was looking forward to heading to a warm home. He had to be out gathering carts all day at the Weis supermarket.
“It’s rough! It is, it’s rough. It cuts right through you!” Secor said. “(I) just try to get them quick and get them back inside.”
With all this cold, a lot of people are just staying inside, burning a lot of wood. But to keep up with the demand, that means guys out working in the cold.
“I know they need wood to stay warm especially with the arctic blast that hit,” said Christopher Wyfels.
At the Wyoming County Wood Project, this work day started with the temperature at minus 9. The crew members doing all the chopping are just glad they’re getting a workout to help stay warm.
“Especially with the wind chill, according to Tom Clark, a wind chill factor of 15, it’s going to be really rough, especially if you’re not bundled up,” Wyfels
“We just came off lunch, take breaks when we need them, go around the fire if we need to. It’s not too bad,” said Anthony Biondolo.
But this place can’t take a day off for the cold when firewood is a hot commodity.
“High demand right now, we sold over 400 cords just this past year and people are still coming in wanting more wood,” said Don Mason.
The Wyoming County Wood Project is busy, but they are able to keep up with all the demand for wood.