Cold Temperatures Catch Some Off-guard

Created: 12/06/2013 10:56 PM KSTP.com
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesotans can pretty much handle anything when it comes to cold weather, but since this cold spell is one of the first with subzero temperatures this season, many came unprepared.

Stepping outside Friday, was like the first winter weather "wake up call" and some couldn't just hide from it at home. "When you get this kind of temperature, the furnace works extra hard to try to keep up to your maintained temperature that you set, and the more stuff can fail do to that," said Scott Livingstone with K&S, a plumbing and heating company in Rochester.

Those at K&S say they had several calls of people losing heat in their homes, among other problems. "We've had some freezing pipe calls. Most of the freezing pipes are in areas that are not well insulated," said Livingstone.

For those who dared to venture outside, there were other problems. "It's been quite an increase in towing from like Monday of this week to Thursday and Friday. It's been like night and day," said Dan Robnik with Moody's Towing in Rochester.

They've gotten several calls of people’s cars not starting or low tires from the cold, and with a cold weekend ahead, they say they expect the calls to keep coming. "I imagine the phone will keep ringing and we'll stay busy most of the weekend," said Robnik.

"Until you hit the first cold day and you start to experience some of it, you just don't think of some of the things that you need to take care of," said Livingstone.