With the temperatures barely in the double digits in Montrose, many people gassing up at this gas station did whatever they could to stay warm.
“Well if you notice, I’ve got the automatic shut-off on the nozzle so I can keep my hands in my pockets,” said Bill Host of Montrose.
“It’s crazy, this is insane,” said Craig Stevens from Silver Lake Township.
It’s been a bitter winter this season; that bitterness is seeping into people’s systems.
Host said all the snow days have been a bit of an inconvenience.
“Had a couple of delays at school and a couple of cancellations is what’s bothered me the most.”
Richard Zielewicz works on gas drilling sites in the county and said the cold snap has been tough on his equipment.
“Yeah it’s real bad, everything, trying to keep all your machines running, it’s really bad. It’s so cold that everything starts to freeze and act up and get broke down on the side of the road a lot, can’t start anything.”
Stevens just returned from a week long trip in California to find that the water pipes in his house froze.
“It freezes the line coming in so no shower, no laundry, it’s all kinds of fun,” said Stevens. “I just got back from a trip, all my stuff is dirty. I’m going to have to go to the laundry mat.”
But at least he got a little break from the polar vortex.
“Eighty degrees in southern California, there were people rollerblading with shorts and bikinis on, it was interesting. Do that here, and parts will fall off.”