Winter weather hits southern NM

Posted at: 12/05/2013 4:12 PM
Updated at: 12/05/2013 6:48 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The winter storm really hit the southeastern part of the state Thursday.

Temperatures plummeted nearly 40 degrees in Roswell compared to Wednesday.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out what some people are using to stay warm.

Along with most of the state, temperatures plunged in Roswell Thursday.

Donald Vinch, a disabled veteran, said he plans to stay out of the cold.

"I moved from Pennsylvania to get away from this stuff," said Vinch.

But others don’t mind the snowy weather.

"Oh I love it, it's great.  It makes everything look so much nicer out here," said John Graff.  “It's just always exciting when you wake up and you see the snow coming down."

Days like this are what places like the ‘Do It Center’ hardware store in Roswell prepare for.

“We’re making sure that we have a lot of the products people need for this kind of a storm in stock.  We have plenty of ice melt, lots of snow shovels, warm gloves, stuff to help prevent frozen pipes and slips and falls," said manager Justin Ellis.

Ellis said ice melt is important for snowy days like this one.

“Ice melt is really critical, if you have anything where someone can slip you need to be very careful," said Ellis.

But there’s something else that keeps you cozy in this cold weather.

It's a battery operated heated jacket that stays heated for up to six hours.

“Essentially it’s just like a heated blanket on your bed at home. It's got a heating element throughout the body of the jacket.  Including the pockets, so you can get your hands nice and warm," said Ellis.

The battery is in a pocket on the side and turns on by a little button on the front.