A Franklin mail carrier wore three layers of clothes and kept heat packs in his gloves while on his daily route Tuesday.
Maurice Butler has learned how to deal with the cold in eight years of delivering mail. And the biting cold wasn’t as bad as he had expected, he said.
“It’s not bad today. I’m actually pretty warm right now. Not raining, not snowing, no snow to walk through, so it’s overall not a bad day,” Butler said.
“You have to layer your clothes, and you don’t want to overdress. Layer and take off as needed and keep moving.”
The temperature hit a low of 4 degrees Tuesday morning with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero. The weather was the coldest the area has had since Feb. 10, 2011, when a low of 1 degree below zero was registered at Indianapolis.
All six school districts were on a two-hour delay Tuesday morning to keep students out of the worst of the morning cold. With temperatures warming the rest of the week, all schools were expected to be back on regular schedules today.
Greenwood Superintendent David Edds said the subzero wind chill was the main reason for the delay, but other factors including sunlight, air temperature and making sure buses start and run well in the cold are all considered. But the main goal is to keep students safe from the elements while walking to school or waiting for a ride.
“Some of them coming out to wait at the bus stop, and believe it or not some of them don’t dress very well,” Edds said.
Winds were expected to die down after reaching 30 mph on Monday.
By Tuesday morning, the wind had died down to about 15 mph, National Weather Service meteorologist John Hendrickson said.
By today, temperatures are expected to be in the 20s.
Butler believed this season has seemed worse so far because people were spoiled by a mild winter last year. Tuesday’s weather was better than he expected after Monday and hearing weather forecasts, he said.
On Monday, winds gusting up to 30 mph numbed two others working outdoors. They couldn’t keep warm even with multiple layers of clothes.
Thomas Fallowfield was wearing three layers while collecting shopping carts at Walmart in Greenwood and said he was freezing despite trips in and out of the store.
“My face is kind of numb. We have to go into the cart garage to fill it up, so we end up getting whatever heat is inside the garage while we go in there to fill it up, but then we come back out here to get more carts,” he said.
The wind gusts also were cutting through four layers of clothing and the Statue of Liberty costume being worn by Bonnie Shaul, who was waving to passing traffic to attract business to Liberty Tax Service in Whiteland.
Shaul was taking a break to warm up about every 30 minutes but couldn’t beat the chill.
“It’s pretty awful. It’s really cold. My feet keep going numb, and no matter how many layers I’m wearing it’s still cold,” she said.