As Hoosiers prepare for weekend cold and snow, demand for firewood grows

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - You might as well get ready, because we are in for a cold, snowy weekend. Indiana cities and towns said they're ready on the roads, so are you ready at home?

We caught up with some folks trying to make the best of the winter chill.

"I think we'll get another little break before the actual winter gets here," said Zach Strong.

Strong is hopeful the cold won't linger. Friday afternoon in Broad Ripple, he got a coffee to keep warm. Everyone walking around was bundled up, clear that it's cold. Some sidewalks were even salted, already.

The dip in temperatures is keeping some people very busy.

"This week we've sold fifty percent more firewood than this week last year, at least," said Marlene Dunlevy, with Broad Ripple Tree Service.

So much cutting and grinding at Broad Ripple Tree Service is unusual for mid-November.

"Winter has come early," said Dunlevy.

She said crews are working long days, and this week they could not cut firewood quick enough.

"We're pushed back into next week. We had people call who wanted firewood before the weekend, and we had so many orders we couldn't take care of it all," said Dunlevy.

Indy Snow Force will activate drivers starting Saturday afternoon. They will be running routes that night and through the weekend, ready to battle snow forecast for Monday morning's drive.

"We just never really know what the weather is going to do, so just as an assurance policy for us, we just want to make sure we have the ability to cover all of our roads," said Anthony McDaniel, Indy Snow Force Administrator.

Still Friday, some were willing to suffer in the cold. It's high school football playoff time, and as Center Grove took on Ben Davis, both parents and students survived a frosty night.

"We're used to this, that's why we have all of the layers and the things that we need," said Lisa Siderewicz, "We would be here regardless of the weather."

Indy Snow Force rolled out some new features for you to use this season. One is a snow force tracker where you can see the streets that have been plowed. Another allows you to sign up for email alerts.

You can get right to that website by clicking here. 

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