Cold Temperatures Arrive Early In Season For Central Ohio

UPDATED: Wednesday December 11, 2013 7:15 PM

With temperatures well below average, Central Ohioans are bracing for this cold stretch of winter weather weeks before the season officially begins.

The extreme cold is already affecting Central Ohio -- and particularly, some of our most area's most vulnerable.

Workers in downtown Columbus are taking the extreme cold in stride.

"It feels like we're in Canada out here today, man. This is some of that Canadian weather that's come our way," said Charles Hayes. "I didn't believe it was going to get this cold this soon."

It has, and it will, only get worse. From construction sites to Christmas tree farms, workers are keeping up and bundling up.

The cold air has already contributed to water main breaks, like this one on Karl Road.

Snow and ice has created potholes on I-270 that typically don't appear until late in the winter season.

With temperatures in the single digits and wind chills below zero, tonight Central Ohio will experience the coldest air of the season, so far.

AAA predicts its call volume to jump 35 to 50 percent over the next 24 hours, mostly for car battery problems.

Service calls, in general, are already up by more than a quarter this year compared to last, due to the cold temperatures.

Working in the cold weather is one thing, living in it is another.

Faith Mission is over capacity on a typical night. Tonight, providing a shelter bed for every homeless person may prove impossible.

"We'll bring people in, we'll have people sit on chairs until tomorrow morning when we can sort of figure out a better plan," said Shannon Easter of Faith Mission Lutheran Services.

Extreme cold presenting early challenges, when old man winter arrives weeks in advance of jolly old St. Nick.

"But then again, this is Ohio, so we're supposed to be prepared for just about anything, anytime," said Hayes.

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