Created on Saturday, 25 January 2014 Written by NATE SMITH
Winter weather advisory in effect today
Ryan Kerns knew the secret to avoid frostbite while he was outside for long stretches early Friday.
“Better keep moving,” he said, hurrying from the front curb of one residence on Powers Street to the next collecting trash for Allied Waste Services.
Ryan Kerns collects trash Friday morning in sub-zero temperatures for Allied Waste Services. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
He’s also adopted an holistic approach.
“It’s all mind over matter,” the 51-year-old garbage collector went on, sorting recyclables.
Mr. Kerns said he’s collected trash for 16 years and isn’t sure this winter is a lot worse than winters past.
“Last year was pretty cold, too,” he said. “Snow’s worse.
“The cold is one thing, but snowfall is worse to work in.”
Forecast highs Friday were only in the teens, and sub-zero wind chill factors made for dangerous conditions for trash collectors, postal workers and anyone also tasked with working outside.
A wind chill advisory was in effect Friday, and the National Weather Service also issued a winter weather advisory through 7 p.m. today, meaning that periods of snow could combine with high winds to cause blowing and drifting snow and hazardous travel.
“When you’re as old as me, you better keep moving if you’re going to be outside in all this cold,” Mr. Kerns concluded.