UW-Madison students try to stay warm as near-record arctic temperatures hit

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MADISON (WKOW) — Students who attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they’re used to frigid temperatures. What they’re not used to are frigid temperatures this early in November.

“(I’m) not prepared for it this early, honestly,” said student Jerrod Gotchy. “Way too soon!”

Gotchy is from Verona, Wisconsin, so he knows a thing or two about the cold but when he started attending UW-Madison, he knew the long walks to class called for something extra.

“Being from Wisconsin I had the stuff ready, but I always layer it on more than I have in the past,” he said.

But Riley Francis isn’t used to the cold – she grew up in California. She said she’s not used to this arctic air.

“I’m really cold, my legs are really cold,” she said. “I’m wearing three pairs of socks.”

In-state and out-of-state students alike are settling in for what could be a long winter. Many are heading to the University Bookstore to stock up on beanies, gloves, and coats.

“I think I put the hats and beanies out beginning of October,” said Taylor Amman, store’s specialty gift buyer. “They’re already selling out.”

Students say you can never wear too many layers in a Wisconsin winter.

“When you get really cold, be aware,” said Gotchy. “As much as people think they can tough it out, you’re really not ready.”

Sara Maslar-Donar

Sara Maslar-Donar

Reporter, WKOW 27 News
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