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Laborers find ways to outwit cold, others stay indoors to avoid freeze

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The snow has moved on but dangerous cold settled across the metro on Monday amid warnings that even a few minutes of exposure for people and pets could be deadly. The snow has moved on but dangerous cold settled across the metro on Monday amid warnings that even a few minutes of exposure for people and pets could be deadly.
MISSION, KS (KCTV/AP) -

The snow has moved on but dangerous cold settled across the metro on Monday amid warnings that even a few minutes of exposure for people and pets could be deadly.

While most got to hide from the bitter cold all day, others weren't so lucky.

Wind gusts of 20 mph and stronger only made matters worse. By 6 a.m. the temperature in Kansas City had plummeted to minus 11-degrees with a wind chill of minus 30-degrees.

Officials urged anyone who had to go outside to cover all exposed areas.

However, for some people, they had to work outside in the conditions for hours.

One laborer that was out in the cold for about 40 minutes was Joe Marquez, a U.S. Postal carrier at the Mission site.

Marquez has been delivering mail for nearly 40 years, and Monday morning was just another day - another extremely cold day.

Even though there is no heat in his mail truck, Marquez says he really doesn't need one.

"I guess you get used to it. As long as I keep moving, and I got the right clothing on, it is not bad. I'm thinking this is nice compared to what's happening elsewhere," he said.

Marquez has developed secrets along the way. Surprisingly, he says he doesn't pile on the extra layers.

"If I wear too much it gets too hot, and you start sweating, and you can't take nothing off. So as right now, I'm comfortable," he said.

Sweating makes him colder, so he wears just enough.

"As long as you got your ears covered, sensitive parts. Keep your gloves," Marquez said.

He says he can't recall a day that he didn't work because of the weather.

"Mail will go on. We will provide service to the customers," said Mitch Bilyeu, a customer service manager for the U.S. Postal Service.

The bitter cold came a day after heavy snow blanketed much of Missouri. The St. Louis region got the worst of it - 10.8 inches in the city and up to 15 inches in the suburbs.

Road conditions throughout the state had improved since Sunday but were still treacherous, with several highways and interstates covered. Clearing roads was a challenge because it was so cold that salt was less effective, and the wind was whipping the fine, powdery snow back onto the cleared pavement.

One death in Missouri was blamed on the weather. A car apparently slid on an icy area of Interstate 44 in St. Louis, then struck a tractor-trailer. The victim's name has not been released.

The combination of snow and cold prompted hundreds of school closings across the metro as well.

Travel by air was a challenge. Kansas City International had 26 cancellations by mid-morning.

A gradual warm-up was expected to begin Tuesday, though more snow was expected Wednesday. A break in the weather should arrive after that. By the weekend, the metro should get sunny skies with high and low temperatures in the 40s.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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