Outdoor workers battle bitter NJ cold
It's another day of unbearably cold temperatures in New Jersey, and with the wind chill it's going to feel like the coldest day so far this winter, but not all of us have the right to complain.
Some New Jerseyans are forced to stay outdoors for most of the day because their occupations require it. Not everyone gets to escape the bitter cold once their car heats up or they walk into their warm office.
"It's freezing cold," said Casey Wolf, an electrician who's been ordered to work on an unfinished home in Ocean. "Your hands and feet are the worst."
Wolf said he wakes up in the morning hoping his boss will send him somewhere warm, but that's not the case this week.
As a groundskeeper at Monmouth University, Tom Furie doesn't get a winter break along with the students. He's been spending his days outside, tackling icy sidewalks and pathways.
"After a while, your hands get used to it, but I do have about seven layers of clothes on," Furie said.
He said he'd pick extreme heat over extreme cold any day because when you come inside from the current conditions, it takes forever to get warm.
You don't have to travel to a construction site or private university, though, to find professionals working through the pain. Some of these hard-working individuals include the ones we may take for granted, such as gas station attendants and the folks in blue who deliver our mail.
"It just feels like the wind is blowing straight through you," said Wanda Roberts in the middle of her Tinton Falls route for the United States Postal Service. "And, I mean I have on layers. I have on the military thermals and all."
Given a number of townhouse developments, Roberts' route requires her to get to get out of her mail truck at each stop, making these cold days even harder for her than the average mail carrier.
Across the street, Rich the FedEx guy said he's had enough of the cold weather, even though it just started.
"I like the spring and the fall, and that's it," he said. "My feet are freezing."
He starts his shift in Newark at 4 a.m. and makes his way to the Eatontown area by noon.
Thursday should be the coldest day of the current stretch. According to Townsquare Media Meteorologist Dan Zarrow, any precipitation on Friday should come down in the form of rain, not snow.