WICHITA, Kan. With temperatures dropping below freezing and snow beginning to fall, winter is settling in across KAKEland. While most people have the warmth of an office to escape to during the day, some have to work outside.
For Mike Atkins' framing crew, the cold snap isn't halting work.
"Little cold, but still gotta get the job done," Atkins said.
He layers up, with a combination of wool socks, hand warmers, and thermal underwear to keep him warm.
His crews, weren't the only ones barreling through the cold blast. Firefighters braved the temps to respond to a minor house fire early Thursday morning, and city crews bundled up to fix a water main break near 47th and Hydraulic.
But perhaps those who know the woes of winter weather best are those who spend a majority of their time out in the elements.
"A lot of people can run in and out and say oh, it's really not that cold," said Interfaith Ministries Director of Housing and Homeless Services Sandy Swank. "But stay out there for 15 or 20 minutes and not have anyplace else to go, and it gets very, very cold, and unfortunately for a lot of our folks, it's deadly cold."
Swank says last night, almost 100 people sought shelter there, and they are expecting that number to increase over the next couple days. In fact, it's so cold, people who were previously banned, are being allowed to stay.
"We don't want to create a violent situation by not allowing people in, because freezing to death to me is violent," Swank said.
Interfaith Ministries is in desperate need of Men's gloves and hats, as well as XL and 2XL coats. Donations can be dropped off at 829 N. Market. Specify you want them to go to the winter shelter.