If you think it's cold now, just wait until this Valentine's weekend. But don't wait on your flowers, order ahead. A local flower shop tells us about the danger of this cold weather.
It's a busy week at Chester's Flower Shop and Greenhouses in Utica as Valentine's Day approaches, but they are also preparing for the cold we're expecting this weekend. Taking extra precautions to keep these fragile flowers safe. After these bouquets and baskets are put together, the preparations for the weather outside begins. The owner of Chester's Flowers, Bill Waszkiewicz, says "Well we provide coverings for all of our arrangements. They're delivered in a heated vehicle. And if it's really cold, we'll approach the recipients address first and tell them that we have flowers in our car, are you here. So we don't have to spend a lot of time outside."
They have to be very careful, so these flowers aren't exposed to the cold for too long. Mr. Waszkiewicz says "We don't leave anything outside. Any flowers that are going to be put on someone's doorstep and left out if it's 10 degrees out, they're not going to be alive when they bring them in. So we've been in the business for 87 years, we know how to do that."
The cold weather is extremely dangerous to flowers. It can kill them quickly, even if they are outside for a short period of time. Mr. Waszkiewicz says "All of the flowers that we're going to be carrying are going to freeze if it gets below 32 degrees. The tissue in the flower is very slight, thin, papery for a lot of flowers."
And this weekend, we are expecting highs in the teens and lows near 0 each day as the jet stream dips south with an arctic blast of cold air. Mr. Waszkiewicz says "If we're saying that it's going to be extra cold on Sunday then it's just another good reason to get them delivered Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. And they'll be there."
But keep an eye on our forecast, a system may bring snowfall this weekend. You should order your flowers before that system arrives. And if you are ordering any of these flowers for your loved ones, you'll want to do it early because orders are piling up.