Looming Cold Spell Spurs Winter Clothing Boom At Stores

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Bundling up will be a priority in north Alabama over the next few days with the coldest air in possibly a decade heading our way.

Hats, gloves and winter coats have suddenly become hot commodities in light of the bitter cold stretch expected to start Sunday evening, translating to busy cash registers for several local businesses.

Weather watchers were already stocking up on winter apparel at The Dirt Cheap Store on North Memorial Parkway, bracing for what could be north Alabama's coldest temperatures since 2003. The latest forecast from WHNT News 19 on Thursday showed a low of just 5 degrees for next Tuesday, with a high of only 20 degrees. The last time the thermometer dipped that low in Huntsville was January 24th, 2003.

"I haven't found anything for my lips yet, but I've got some earmuffs for my ears," said one shopper from Huntsville. "I don't like being cold at all so I like to stay bundled up...It's really important to stay warm and stay healthy out there."

Store managers at Dirt Cheap said the anticipated cold spell could bring in up to a hundred extra customers per day. Some items were discounted for as low as a dollar, proving popular for customers who were still sorting through holiday shopping expenses.

"They're already coming in buying outer wear, hats, and gloves," said store manager Kristen Oden. "The merchandise will just fly off the shelves...a lot of people don't really think about it after the holidays, they think about saving their money. But really right now is one of the best times to buy."

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