Montgomery residents battle cold conditions

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Residents bundled up the best they could Monday night, making the most of a wintry situation.

The cold temperatures didn't stop some residents from finding the perfect Christmas tree.

"Generally, by the First of December we can kiss the warm weather goodbye, except for the occasional little thaw, but, yes, this is quite fine," said Dr. Frank Gogan of Montgomery.

Others took a different approach, stocking up on warm treats--like donuts and coffee--to deal with the temperature drop.

Store managers certainly don't mind.

"Business has doubled when it gets cold. More coffee, hot chocolate, and donuts. Coffee and donuts, that's what they want," said Gene Easterling, manager of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Across town, homeless shelters are starting to fill up.  Friendship Mission on Mobile Highway is just four men shy of capacity--and the cold is just beginning.

"I'm originally from New York, and it's pretty stifling," said John McClure, who spent Monday night at the mission.

It's not going to get any warmer any time soon, and the forecast is volatile for the next week. The lows are expected to remain in the 20s and perhaps even the high teens the next few days. There will be a warming trend with a chance of rain over the weekend before another, even colder blast arrives next week.

If you're looking for a place to stay in the nights ahead, call the Salvation Army at (334) 265-0281.

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