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Despite the Cold, Some Workers Brave the Winter Weather

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Many people worked hard to avoid the cold these last few days, but others have no choice but to brave it.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Many people worked hard to avoid the cold these last few days, but others have no choice but to brave it.

That includes snow plow drivers.

But, that may not be the coldest job. KOLR10 spent time out on the tarmac of the Springfield Airport today with the ground crew.

Workers there are directing planes and loading and unloading luggage. But, they are not alone when it comes to being outside.

The aptly named Phil Frieze is at the helm of a small snow plow working outside Central High School.

"I'm clearing this bus lane," Frieze says.

Frieze has been at this for hours.

"We come in at four," he says. "Trying to keep up."

Frieze says maybe it's in his name or the amount of time, but this sort of work has been in his life for a long time.

"Been doing this kind of stuff my whole life" Frieze says.

But, he thinks the freezing temps aren't so bad.

"Get kind of used to it after awhile," says Frieze.

A few miles away the winter wind outside the snow plow cab is whistling a different tune.

"Today is probably one of the coldest days that I've ever worked here," says airport ground crew worker Alex O'Quinn.

The ground crew of the Springfield Airport is enduring a whipping wind that is bitterly cold.

"Unloading the bags, loading them...servicing the lav, that's probably the worst part today," explained O'Quinn.

Though planes continue to come in, these workers have to pace themselves.

"We come out here as much as we can tolerate," says O'Quinn. "If we get too cold we go inside or sit in one of the trucks."

O'Quinn says he dressed for the weather.

"I would say I have four or five different layers on," he says.

But, the stark, cold reality of it is hitting him in the face. O'Quinn can describe that in one word:

"Numb."

O'Quinn says this crew will work through it.

"We just take our time and pace ourselves," says O'Quinn.

Neither Frieze nor O'Quinn think this weather is for the faint of heart.

"I wouldn't recommend it," says O'Quinn. "If you don't have to go outside I wouldn't."

"Probably not most people," says Frieze.

And they say they wouldn't take any chances.

"Not with this weather," says O'Quinn.

If you have to be outside the U.S. Antarctica Program advises dressing in layers, but do not wear cotton close to the skin.

If you sweat in your clothing you will have moisture trapped in your clothes along with the cold.

U.S.A.P recommends Polypropelene as a first layer and polar fleece and wool for intermediate layers.

You can download a copy of their field guide here.

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