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Some can't escape the deep freeze, on the job

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The frigid air is hard on man and machine alike.

Some may struggle to start their cars, but still have to put in an honest eight hours, outside, facing the bitter chill.

Fluorescent lighting, a heater, and the friendly confines of a cubicle, may seem like a vacation to some.

Compared to those of us who work inside, there is a tougher breed that manages to get it done when the arctic air invades.

Kevin Isaacs, a letter carrier for the US Postal Service, told us, "Layering is the key. 3 or 4 good layers of clothing will go a long way."

Kevin moved to Toledo from the California Coast, 5 years ago.

Now, he spends 90% of his day outside, he estimates.  "I had no idea what the polar wind was before I moved here. Very drastic transition between weather climates."

And others actually get busier when the temperature approaches zero, like the folks at Gino's Pizza, swamped, because some people don't want to leave their homes.

"No, they just don't want to go outside, that's why they're calling for deliveries," Manager Sadari Knighten told us.

Mitch, a delivery driver added, that he gets larger tips when the weather is extremely cold. "People don't want to go out and start their cars. 'Hey, I'll just have it delivered.'

For those of you who work outside, we salute you, especially considering the wind chill has consistently been below zero since 3 pm on Monday.

At noon on Tuesday, the wind chill was -10.

Kevin says he actually doesn't dread weather like this -- the worst, to him, is windy, cold rain.

The frigid but dry weather can be beaten, if you are ready for it.

"Cover up exposed skin as best as you can and if you don't have to go outside, don't go," he added.

While the wind chill is relevant to animals and humans, it does not directly impact our cars.

In other words, your car's engine should not fall below the actual air temperature tonight -- but that will be cold enough.

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