Brutal cold and snow coming for Valentine’s Day weekend

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 12, 2016)-- Love is in the air this weekend, but we have cold weather and snow headed our way. The question remains, will the winter weather spoil Valentine’s Day?

With flowers flying Friday afternoon at Steve’s Flowers and Gifts on the south side, workers are reaping the benefits of a busy Valentine’s Day weekend.

They’re also making preparations for Saturday deliveries in extreme cold.

“Much more attention to care and handling, much more wrapping of our pieces, we put tissue around it. We put cellophane around it,” said Steve Huth and Steve’s Flowers and Gifts ,”The temperatures can definitely affect a lot of how we handle business.”

Huth said in the frigid temperatures flowers can be frozen in a minute. Drivers will be taking extra care of the arrangements and themselves.

“I’ve delivered for thirty years, so I’m prepared for it,” said Gary Snell.

Downtown at Mesh, tables are set. Manager Catherine Merski said the restaurant is fully booked Saturday and close to full on Sunday for brunch and dinner. She said history’s shown that weather doesn’t hamper Valentine’s Day plans all too much.

“Usually Valentine’s Day does fall on kind of an awkward weather day, so to speak, so we often have snow as a challenge or ice as a challenge, so this isn’t unfamiliar territory for us,” she said.

“I don’t believe in Valentine’s Day,” said Mandy Kalway, “We love each other every day.”

Even Valentine’s Day detractors, like the Kalways, have a little cold weather advice on a weekend of love.

“It’s February in Indiana. Be smart people,” said Evan Kalway.

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