East Tennesseans dealing with coldest temperatures in years

East Tennesseans dealing with coldest temperatures in years

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Temperatures dipped down to levels not seen in years, a frigid 4 degrees at 4 a.m. Temperatures dipped down to levels not seen in years, a frigid 4 degrees at 4 a.m.
"This cold is awful," said Marissa, a downtown resident. "I'm ready for summer." "This cold is awful," said Marissa, a downtown resident. "I'm ready for summer."
Taking out the dog was especially painful for Marissa and many others Tuesday morning. Taking out the dog was especially painful for Marissa and many others Tuesday morning.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The deep freeze taking over much of the country reached its deepest point early Tuesday morning with below zero wind chills reaching the double digits.

Temperatures dipped down to levels not seen in years, a frigid 4 degrees at 4 a.m.

At Krutch Park in Downtown Knoxville, the once flowing waterfalls were now icicles.

Workers in Market Square were braving the elements to make their daily deliveries.

"This is the coldest weather I've felt since I moved down here," said Tony, a delivery driver. "I used to live up north."

Tony says he tries not to stop long enough to think about how cold it really is.

"That's the key," he said.

At the coldest point in the day, a wet T-shirt took less than 15 minutes to freeze, an indication of just how quick frost bite can take hold in these extreme temperatures.

"This cold is awful," said Marissa, a downtown resident. "I'm ready for summer."

Taking out the dog was especially painful for Marissa and many others Tuesday morning.

"It's just cold sharp air that just pierces your body," said Marissa. "It's freezing."

The dogs seemed to handle the weather better than their owners.

"They're fine. They have a fur coat," said Marissa.

Even the sunrise did little to ease the pain. It's all a reminder that winter has only just begun.

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