Charlottesville Deals with Cold Blast

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

February 5, 2007

From the Corner.

"This weather is freezing," said Lauren Mathes.

To the Downtown Mall.

"It is absolutely frigid out here," said Jimmy Holland.

And everywhere in between and around Charlottesville, the word of the night is cold.

"I am a little bit cold. I am wearing several layers of clothing though. I am probably wearing 20 pounds of clothes," said Meghann Sheperd.

Sheperd has been outside serving coffee at the Java Hut since 1 p.m. She says she wears multiple layers of clothes to stay warm. And even though working inside might be warmer, she thinks her set up is just fine.

"Coffee is my thing. I love doing coffee. It is great weather for coffee but just a little cold at night," she said.

"We have three heaters that we have going and just try and bundle up," said Loshonda Alston.

Alston is spending this frigid night manning the gate at the Water Street parking lot. She says these nights are particularly tough to stay warm, especially when it is time to make the money.

"It's pretty warm in here until we open up the window and as we take the cards that is when it gets pretty cold," she said.

While some have remedies to beat the cold.

"Coffee, Starbucks, love it. Dress warm and try and stay inside when I can," Mathes said.

Others say mother nature is just going to get you.

"Just grin and bear it man. That is all that you can do man," Holland said.

If the temperatures reach into the single digits as expected, it will be the first time since February 2004. It is a statistic that many would have liked to see extended.

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