Outdoor workers brace for bitter cold - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Outdoor workers brace for bitter cold

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Jim DiGiacomo delivers juice in New Haven. (WFSB photo) Jim DiGiacomo delivers juice in New Haven. (WFSB photo)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

With life-threatening cold expected this weekend, those who have to work outside said they're planning to cope.

From construction workers to delivery men, heated vehicles will be a vital part of their work shifts.

"It's difficult, but you dress warm, wear a hat [and] gloves it's not too bad," said Jim DiGiacomo, owner of J&M Distributors. "This job, you keep moving so blood keeps flowing."

DiGiacomo said he barely gets a chance to get cold since he's constantly on the go. He makes juice deliveries throughout New Haven.

"When it snows, when there's ice," he said. "That's much worse."

Still, he said he has his limits.

"When it gets below 20, it's no fun out here at all," he said. "It's brutal."

Angel Castillo said he has no truck to duck into when it's this cold. He's on the street working parking enforcement in Hartford.

He said the key wearing is as many layers as possible.

"We get hand warmers from our employer, I also carry [leggings]," Castillo said.

Cities and towns across the state have opened warming centers. For a list, click here.

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