Chattanoogans Weary Of Winter

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Updated: 2/07/2014 11:43 pm
      Chilly and Cold Chattanooga was transformed into an icy, frozen mess last week that shut down the scenic city. It was part of a frozen new year with temperatures that haven't been seen in a while.
      "One thing that has been different from the last 10-12 winters is that once it has gotten cold, it stayed cold. In January we had five or six times where we were into the single digits and we haven't had that in probably about 25 or 30 years," says WDEF Chief Meteorologist Patrick Core.
       A cold snap that left many in Chattanooga weary of winter.
       "I'm ready for spring that's for sure. I don't mind the winter, but this winter has just been kind of a little too much," says Gina Micolo.
       "Just over it, just over it. Kind of get that don't want to get out of bed, love my job hate the weather type of attitude I'm in right now," adds Shawn Clouse.
       "I'll bundle up, but I would like to see spring, I'd like to be warm again," says Angela Dittmar.
       While our neighbors up North may get a laugh out of our winter worries, people we talked to say it is just a little bit different down here.
       "Their snow a lot of times doesn't have all the ice under it like ours does, I'm sure we get a bad rap," says Pam Mason.
       "I've been up there and seen people trying to drive up there in New York and other places when it does this and they don't do a heck of a lot better than we do," adds her husband, Charlie Mason.
       "We are definitely living in an area where it is more hilly and mountainous than a lot of the nay sayers that poke fun at us," says Clouse.
       More ice and snow is in the forecast for next week, but slightly higher temperatures likely won't mean a January repeat.
       "If we do get the snow or the wintry mix, temperatures will be at or above freezing in many areas so that is more typical of what we've seen in the last 10-12 years. We may have a brush with winter type weather but I don't think we are going to see anything like we did early last week," says Core.
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