New Year's Day: Braving the bitter cold

It's the coldest day since January of 2015. So how did Mississippians handle it?

Posted: Jan. 1, 2018 6:21 PM
Updated: Jan. 1, 2018 7:27 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: The cold weather is having an impact all over the region, but most folks were able to appreciate the chill for what it is -- a seasonal dip that gives this season its crisp wintry snap. WTVA's Mike Russell got out in the middle of it all on New Year's Day, and chatted with a few of those hardy souls.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Happy New Year, everybody. We at WTVA hope that 2018 is a fabulous year for you. I don’t have to tell you that it was a good day to bundle up. It’s the coldest it’s been since January 2015. So I decided to nose around and see how people were coping with the cold temperatures.

Yes, Virginia, it says 22 on my car's outside temperature gauge. Tupelo streets are rather vacant. Why? Well, freezin's the reason. At the Sprint Mart on Veterans Blvd in East Tupelo. Chris Bailey braved the chill to gas up his truck.

"Like it was [at] Christmas; it was extremely hot - I LOVED it! says Bailey. "But this cold weather? It's making me just want to stay in bed the rest of the day."

Dairy Kream, a popular summertime attraction, was closed for the day. Not much ice cream to be sold on a day like this. And at Quality Auto Sales on East Main....not many cars to be sold either. Nearby, something you don't normally see in sub-freezing temperatures, someone washing their car.

"My truck was dirty, I went hunting - had to get the dirt off my truck," says Travis Harris. "I messed up and washed it. It's COLD! It's time to get back IN the truck!"

With a quick glance, you'd notice there was ice on the ground after Harris left.

And how about this? JD Owens and his buddies out for a rather chilly motorcycle ride. I asked him why in the world he would be out on a motorcycle in such temperatures.?

"This is our annual ride," he said. "We always do it New Year's Day. Most motorcyclists always get out and enjoy the day."

And how was he handling the cold?

"Dress warm. Dress in layers," he laughed.

At the Rosewood Assisted Living facility, resident Georgie Holley put the cold into perspective.

"This is January!" she said. "We've got to expect it to be cold. It IS cold, and it's going to be cold!"

So all in all, folks generally holding up okay in this frigid weather. The best advice of course is to stay inside if you can, where it’s warm and toasty, and ponder all those New Year’s resolutions. If you’re anything like me, one of those might be to get some long underwear.

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