Keeping warm in the bitter cold - KCTV5

Keeping warm in the bitter cold

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Winter's chill is here and it's time to pile on the layers if you're heading outside to big events around the metro this weekend.

"You know this is Kansas City, it's going to get cold," Ernesto Salazar said.

Salazar has seen too many cold snaps to remember while working at Mickey's Surplus. He knows how to keep people warm.

"Hand warmers, feet warmers, toe warmers, many types of gloves for the cold, including electric," Salazar suggested.

If you're heading to Sporting Park for the Major League Soccer Cup Championship expect a great, but cold, game. The forecast temperature at kickoff is 22 degrees.

"It's going to be really cold. You're going to want some cold weather gear," Salazar said.

Bryan Skaggs works outside all winter long, but it's when he's not working that he gets the coldest.

"The wind's just whipping through there, I try to huddle up close to other people in the stadium, use their body heat," he said.

Skaggs works for a landscaping company, which means shoveling snow during the winter. He said it's never been too cold for him to work.

"You got to get out there and grind. We try to take breaks so we don't get frostbitten. For the most part we're out there in it. We're out there, we stay out there," he said.

Salazar said every time the temperature drops, sales warm up.

"It's very good for business – snow, cold weather - always a good thing," he said.

When dressing for the cold, Salazar advises to avoid anything cotton, especially for your base layer. He said cotton absorbs moisture and people instead want something synthetic to wick sweat away from their skin.

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