A cold work day

By Matt Porter

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Neither rain, nor snow, nor arctic cold keep mail carrier Jerret Brown from doing his job Tuesday,

"Keep moving, that's all you can do," Brown said. "Hand warmers and layers, tons of layers."

Brown is one of hundreds of workers in the Southern Tier who couldn't avoid working in the subzero temperatures.

Brown hits hundreds of homes in the morning, despite a minus 30 degree wind chill.

"It's like you're getting shot with thousands of needles all at once," he said.

Brown said he tries to limit his time in the cold including driving more in his heated postal truck.

He knows his job is important, so he keeps going.

"There are moments when you just want to stay in bed," Brown said. "But I love the job, and I love the challenge."

At the Kwik Fill next door in Endicott, driver Lisa Young saw a full service sign as a winter miracle.

"I said I'm going to go pay whatever they want if they're going to put it in the car for me," Young said.

Gas attendant Francis Held says he's used to the weather and shrugged it off as "not that chilly."

"I've always grown up in New York, and you got to get used to the cold if you want to live up here," Held said.

The American Red Cross said anyone working or going outside should keep themselves completely covered, especially the hands and head.

Forty percent of heat is lost from the head.

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