Braving the Cold to Get to School

Bus drivers in Newington were up early warming up and gassing up the buses to pick students up on time so they don't have to wait at the bus stops long in the bitter cold.

With the wind chill making it feel sub-zero in a lot of Connecticut, it could take minutes to develop frostbite or hypothermia. Experts suggest bundling your children in one more layer than adults because they are more susceptible for the cold.

But no matter how old you are, surviving the arctic air isn't easy.

"It makes me feel like I don’t want to get out of bed," Brandy Alson, of Enfield, said. "I would like to hibernate."

Trisha Sullivan, of Hartford, said it's tough for kids walking to school because "a lot of times the sidewalks aren't safe."

"We've had snow after snow and they're freezing cold," she said.

The cold is not only creating problems on the sidewalks, but also for the fuel for buses because it can cause it to gel or harden.

One Newington bus driver told NBC Connecticut that a mechanic has been checking on the buses since 5 a.m. to make sure they are warm enough for the children.

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