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Frigid Friday, Tips to Keep Your Furnace Working, Norwalk Woman Found Unconscious in the Cold

Record breaking low temps. (Source: WOIO) Record breaking low temps. (Source: WOIO)
FRIDAY: DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS -30, WARNING UNTIL NOON FOR MOST.  High: 10

FRIDAY NIGHT: Chance of snow after 8 pm Temps on the rise.. .Low: 10

SATURDAY: Snow likely Cloudy temp-wise a little easier to handle. High: 33

SUNDAY: Snow ending. Temps falling through day, afternoon high in Mid-20s. High: 30

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - When temperatures dip below zero, that's no time to be left out in the cold.
Furnaces are breaking down because of the cold according to local repairmen.
Don Lowe with W.F. Hann and Sons said business has risen since temperatures dropped.
"To keep up with the demand, it's pretty tough. It's long days long hours," said Lowe.
He said he's seen the same problems time and time again.
"Burns out blower motors. Limits filters not being changed out, causing systems to over heat," said Lowe.
To keep your furnace in working order, Lowe said you must be proactive and keep up with repairs.
"Changing your filters regularly every three months. Some every six months.  Some can go a full year changing batters in thermostat," said Lowe.

NORWALK, OH (WOIO) - A Norwalk woman is critical condition after passing out and laying unconscious for several hours in the cold.
Jason Raymond was first to notice something was wrong as he and his mom passed 67-year-old Patricia Terry's garage driveway near Benedict Avenue on the way to work.
"I seen her lying in the driveway and I knew something wasn't right," said Raymond, who lives nearby.
It was only about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday. Temperatures were below zero.
"It was very cold. I think it had showed -8 degrees in my car," said Val Raymond, Jason's mother. 
"Her lips were icy and I didn't touch her, but as far as I could tell she was stiff. With her lips being icy, I knew it wasn't good," added Jason. 
He dialed 911 while he and his mother scrambled to keep Terry warm.
"I jumped out and threw my coat over the top of her, and my mom threw her coat, another neighbor brought a blanket out and sat there and waited on the ambulance to get there," said Jason. 
Terry was life lighted to MetroHealth Medical Center where she is being treated for severe frostbite. Police say it appeared Terry had fallen on the way to her car.
Norwalk police say there was an icy patch on the ground near Terry when they found her.

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