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#STUPIDCOLD: What a difference a day makes

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Anyone who spent any time outside over the weekend knows how brutally cold it got in just 24 hours. On Saturday, many people ditched their jackets and gloves, but Sunday saw a scramble to cover up in layers.

Some winter enthusiasts still headed outdoors voluntarily, but others had to for work -- especially those who work in emergency repairs. On one of the coldest days of the year, an entire apartment complex in St. Paul lost its hot water.

"We can always boil water for cooking, but for getting to work and being clean for tomorrow would be a big issue," Jessica Montoya told Fox 9 News.

Call it bad luck or bad timing, but furnace technician Jim Westphall said he's already seen worse when furnaces break as the temperatures in the Twin Cities plummet, leaving a mess of frozen pipes.

"When they walk in there, their toilets will be frozen," he said. "All their lines will be busted and ruptured."


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Yet even without any must-have maintenance, the temperature swing was a tough transition for many. Saturday saw a record high of 48 degrees in some spots, but by early Sunday morning, those temperatures took a dive.

"Cold, it's like razor blades," Ian Francis, who is visiting from London, England, described.

Francis frankly stated that he doesn't understand how the weather can change so dramatically overnight -- or that people are keen to keep moving despite it.

"If it was this cold in London, the entire country would come to a standstill," he said.

Even popular ski destination Spirit Mountain shut down in Duluth due to the dangerous windchill temperatures, and while it wasn't as cold at Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area, business still went downhill.

"Ten percent of what we usually see on a Sunday afternoon, maybe 20 percent," estimated Kent Kloster. "People have really chosen to stay home today."

Yet, even on a day where it's bitterly cold, it's almost certain at least a few dog owners will make it out to the bark park. Ray Cradle bundled up and headed out for a long walk.

"I figured no one would bother me," he quipped.

As for Montoya and her fiancé, Dan Merley, they do have a backup plan if their hot water isn't back on tap by Monday morning.

"Luckily, both his parents and my parents are close by," Montoya said.

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