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Workers brave bitter cold while digging out after the storm

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Several people braved the cold Friday to clean up after the latest round of winter weather.

With high temperatures only in the teens, workers had to bundle up and rest often.

Workers were busy clearing city sidewalks and parking lots in Springfield. Springfield Parking Authority employee Thomas Fabreau Jr. said this isn't the first time he has worked in temperatures this cold. He said he dressed in several layers and warmed up inside a vehicle when he could.

Employees at Kia of West Springfield were also out in the cold, moving an entire lot of cars to clear the parking lot.

After cleaning the snow off the cars, it became a giant game of Klotski shifting cars around so the plow could get through.

Sales consultant Paul Glassanos said he put on several layers to ward off the chill. He said the work had to get done, but they were making sure to stay warm if the cold got too much. He also said when he had enough of the cold he was heading to the airport and somewhere with palm trees.

With temperatures nearing record lows Friday, there are some steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay safe, including dressing in layers, covering all exposed skin and limiting time outdoors. If you begin to shiver, the CDC recommends getting somewhere warm soon because hypothermia isn't far behind. Temperatures could be nearing -20 degrees Fahrenheit without the wind chill, meaning exposed skin can freeze in less than five minutes.

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