Victorians buckle down as cold weather persists

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Jan. 1, 2018 at 9:12 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Matt Pass carries out three pizzas to be delivered from DoubleDave's PizzaWorks in Victoria. Management at the pizzeria said they had a spike in delivery orders Monday and credited the cold weather for it.

Matt Pass carries out three pizzas to be delivered from DoubleDave's PizzaWorks in Victoria. Management at the pizzeria said they had a spike in delivery orders Monday and credited the cold weather for it.   Evan Lewis for The Victoria Advocate

It's going to get worse before it gets better, meteorologist Greg Wilk said about the cold weather.

Tuesday's high will be about 35 degrees, and a freeze warning and a wind chill advisory will be in effect until about lunchtime.

Neither rain nor sleet is expected.

Wednesday, temperatures will dip to 27 degrees.

And while it may not feel like it, Victoria's been this cold before, Wilk said.

Jan. 5-8, 2017, it got down to 21 degrees in Victoria.

"It's rare, but it happens. Let's just put it that way," Wilk said while chuckling.

On New Year's Day, some Victorians started up their chimneys for the first time.

For one family in the 1100 block of Westwood, that came with the arrival of firefighters. The family hadn't cleaned the top of the chimney, and leaves there ignited.

As the firefighters climbed down from their ladders, Acting Battalion Chief Dan Woodward urged residents to clean the tops of their chimneys even if they have grates.

The Home Depot also had some cold-weather recommendations.

While the store sold out of pipe insulation, faucet covers, heat lamps and space heaters Saturday, workers there helped procrastinators get creative, said manager Rebecca Flores.

"Use some pool noodles or go back to the basics and use old towels and wrap your pipes with duct tape," she said.

Flores added plastic sheeting, which can be purchased in the paint department, as well as mulch will help one's plants make it through the freeze.

Across Loop 463 at DoubleDave's PizzaWorks, Demarcus Jackson and Ashley Harper were slinging enough dough to stay on top of the orders customers were calling in.

By about 4 p.m., they had 13 deliveries, but they were expecting more.

"People don't want to come out in this weather, you know?" Harper said as she sprinkled on toppings and placed one pie in the oven.

Demarcus said the pace can be stressful because DoubleDave's has only one driver right now. Another cannot work because his mother is in the hospital.

Still, Demarcus said, he's glad he's spent the past four years working at DoubleDave's.

"I know all of my customers' orders before they call or come in. I enjoy it. It's like family here," he said.


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