Cold weather impacts Fat Tuesday parade goers and businesses

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - St. Louisans were bracing for bone chilling weather Tuesday night. The Fat Tuesday parade downtown is typically much smaller than the big blow out on Saturday in Soulard.  Those that showed up were prepared for the cold.  Parade-goer Phillip Johnson said, “Its St. Louis it changes all the time.”  Ryan Whifield added, “I’m loving the cold actually I’m from California initially and live in Little Rock now and I’m loving the cold.”

At The Alpine Shop in Kirkwood the chilly weather has been heating up sales.  Store Manager Bart Karnowsky said, “We love the cold as a business for sure.” The store has heavy-duty cold weather gear. Hats, gloves, toe and hand warmers have been flying out the doors. Karnowski said, “We typically see a 25 to 30 percent increase over a similar day without snow or ice or any sort of conditions like that.”

Dedicated golfers at Tower T are kept warm by overhead heaters and winds screens. But some golfers don’t care about the weather when it comes to improving their game. Golfer Tim Lehto was practicing Tuesday night, “Golf just drives you nuts you want to get better you can’t so you do it all year.”


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