West Tennesseans react to sudden cold snap

JACKSON, Tenn. — The recent cold snap has West Tennesseans both loving and hating the forecast.

The frigid temperatures might be uncomfortable for some, but for others, including some local business owners, the drop in temperatures is warming up their bottom line.

Although freezing temperatures in mid-March might seem a little unusual, some West Tennesseans say it’s not really uncommon.

“I wouldn’t say it’s terribly abnormal,” B.W. White, owner of Jackson Heating and Air Conditioning, said. “If you don’t like the weather in West Tennessee, just give it a few minutes and it will change for you.”

He said he’s seen a number of emergency calls since the sudden cold spell.

“We had more calls over the weekend and today [Tuesday] when it was cold than we did all week,” he said.

He says regular maintenance and service throughout the year is important to keep heating units working during pop-up cold spells.

“Folks are kind of looking forward to spring, and I know they like to think that winter is over with, but it’s not,” he said.

Companies like White’s aren’t the only ones seeing more business due to the cold.

Josh Jarrell says his restaurant is seeing a huge increase in delivery orders.

“No one wants to get out when it’s cold,” he said. “So we have a delivery here at Dragon, so people want to call us and get us out instead.”

While some may hate getting out in the cold, others are grateful for this last blast from old man winter.

“I’m a big guy, and this is what we normally like,” Jackson resident Tracy House said. “So that’s why I have on shorts.”

When it comes to keeping your utility bill low during these cold spells, experts suggest making sure your air filters are clean and keeping your thermostat on a set temperature.

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