Extreme cold can’t keep RIers inside

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The extreme cold is taking a toll on Southern New England, but some residents say that the cold cannot keep them inside.

Snow engulfed a modern diner in Pawtucket on Friday, and residents said that they had never seen so much ice in the river nearby. But despite the freezing temperatures, some residents brave the cold anyway.

Brian Hennessey told Eyewitness News that the cold would not stop him from enjoying his lunch at the diner.

“[My] appetite is entirely too much, it’s going to get me out of the house no matter what,” he said.

Len Parker is a long-time resident of the cold New England weather and he said he loves it.

“I love this sort of weather. It’s a little cold, but I like to go skiing,” he said.

Temperatures on Friday only made it into the teens and dropped even further with a wicked wind chill.

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According to Xavier Russo, a Brown University student who is originally from California, being outside actually hurt him. “It hurts, it’s legitimately painful.”

Jackie Cornejo, also a student at Brown, said that she has to brave the walk to class whether she likes it or not.

When asked if she was ready for spring, she said “Yeah, I can’t wait.”

As of Thursday, the average temperature for this month was 18.5 degrees, which is about one degree warmer than the coldest February ever in 1934.

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