COLUMBIA — Heavy snow followed by bitter cold is enough to make people sick of winter. The weather could be better, but it also could be worse. Here's what folks around the country had to say about the weather in their areas, along with Google weather reports.
BOYNTON BEACH, FLA.: Mark McCloskey, 77, owns a mobile bicycle repair company and drives around in a conversion van fixing flat tires on location.
"The weather's perfect today," McCloskey said. "It couldn't be any prettier. I hate to say it, but it couldn't be any nicer. It's between 75 and 80 right now."
McCloskey works a territory of about 10 miles north to south, west of the Florida Turnpike. He's been in the bike business 25 years, and he specializes in fixing family-style bikes and beach cruisers.
"I just came (over from) a service call over at Boynton Beach, and everybody's out riding bicycles... It couldn't be any more perfect than it is today."
Thursday's weather in Boynton Beach: 79 degrees, partly cloudy, south wind at 8 mph, humidity 60 percent.
MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH.: "It's snowing like crazy," said Jason Kladiva, who works the front desk at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, between Michigan's mainland and its upper peninsula.
Kladiva said the temperature was 9 degrees Thursday morning, but it has ranged from zero to 20 degrees throughout the week. Snow is forecast for Mackinac Island for the next five days.
Kladiva said the Grand Hotel, a popular tourist destination in summer, is closed during winter. He also said that ferries have stopped running between the island and St. Ignace for the remainder of winter.
Weather for Mackinac Island, Mich.: 16 degrees, cloudy, light north wind, humidity 83 percent.
CAMP VERDE, ARIZ.: Ramona Aldridge has owned the Healthy Thymes health food store for five years. If she hadn't been working in her shop on Thursday, she'd have gone fishing.
"I'd be outside talking to the fish," Aldridge said.
The temperature in Camp Verde is in the low 60s, but the sun makes it feel warmer, Aldridge said. One of her customers told her she planned to stay outside and enjoy the day. Aldridge's customer at the time said she planned to stay outside and enjoy the weather.
"The weather is gorgeous," Aldridge said. "The sun is shining. It's blue skies, a little spot of clouds, no wind, nice and warm."
Weather for Camp Verde: 56 degrees, sunny, east wind at 17 mph, humidity 16 percent.
MINOT, N.D.: It was minus 13 degrees in Minot Thursday morning while Steve Streitz answered phones at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. It was one of the coldest temperatures recorded nationwide.
Streitz said that the weather was not unusual for the time of year and that he had experienced worse. Streitz recalled one day when the air temperature was 30 below zero with a wind chill of minus 80 degrees.
Thursday's weather for Minot: Minus 6 degrees, partly cloudy, southeast wind at 12 mph, humidity 55 percent.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS: Noe Garza, a merchant marine officer, is a fishing guide.
On Wednesday the sun shone, and he took a group out fishing, but the wind changed Thursday.
"It's gotten a little cooler," Garza said. "Let me check my thermometer outside. ... It's about 70 degrees right now. I think a cold front's coming in."
The warmer wind blowing up from the Gulf switched to a wind from the north.
"We have a frontal passage coming though," Garza said. "We were getting southeast winds yesterday... It's gonna get cooler." It may drop to 50 degrees, he said.
But weather doesn't faze Garza. "I still woulda gone out today if I'd had anybody to take out."
"I fished yesterday. I had some people out from Minnesota, and they loved it. It was a beautiful day. They caught a lot of fish: speckled trout, red fish, black drum."
Pictures on his website show one pair with a catch of 24 fish, and those were only the ones they didn't throw back.
Thursday's weather for Corpus Christi: 64 degrees, cloudy, north wind at 17 mph, humidity 94 percent.
BURLINGTON, VT.: It has snowed 2.4 inches in the past 24 hours in Burlington, according to weather reports.
That doesn't sound too bad, but Matt Sutkowski, who covers weather at the Burlington Post, said it has snowed all but three days in Burlington during the month of January, for a total of 21.3 inches.
Sutkowski said that since November, 50 inches of snow have fallen on Burlington.
Post editor Mike Townsend said people in Burlington are used to the weather. Townsend described the 10 inches of snow last week as a "dusting."
Weather for Burlington: 19 degrees, partly cloudy, light north wind, humidity 71 percent.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA: It was 16 degrees and snowing in Anchorage at noon Thursday.
George Bryson, who lives in Anchorage and is a former science writer for the Anchorage Daily News, said that the sky was cloudy and that the temperature was in the 20s. Bryson said that before the past two days, the mercury had dipped into the single digits for a full week.
Bryson also said temperatures in Anchorage can vary by up to 20 degrees, depending on location. "Wind will make a big difference, a north wind was blowing yesterday, and I thought I was going to get hypothermia walking to my car."
Thursday's weather in Anchorage: 19 degrees, snow showers, light north wind, humidity 75 percent.
HANA, HAWAII: Neil Hasegawa works in the general store his great-grandfather and great-grand uncle started in 1910. The store carries "anything that you can think a general store would have," including wine, produce, souvenirs, car parts and fresh meats.
"Right now it's sunny here in Hana. It's sunny, and it's about maybe low 80s – clear," Hasegawa said. "You know what's funny? My wife's from Michigan, and she's been here about 20 years now, and any time it's down to 72 or 74 she says, 'Oh my gosh, it's so cold.'"
To get to Hana, on the Eastern coast of Maui, travelers must drive about two hours along 52 miles of coast-hugging road, curving through tropical jungles, bamboo forests and pockets of villages.
"There's places here in Hana where if you look out you'd think you were on a deserted island because there's nobody — no houses and no development," Hasegawa said.
One beach in Hana is at the base of a cinder cone, and it takes on a magenta-crimson color. "In Hana you can experience all these different colors in terms of beaches," Hasegawa said.
"I get off work early," Hasegawa said, "so sometimes I'll take the kids to the beach in the evening, which is perfect because hardly anyone's on the beach, and it's clear and nice, and we'll swim until about six and then we'll walk home."
Weather for Hana: 80 degrees, partly cloudy, northeast wind at 17 mph, humidity 64 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS: The city in which the Metrodome collapsedcontinued to experience bad weather Thursday. The afternoon temperature was a brisk 6 degrees Thursday afternoon, with a scheduled low at minus 20 for Thursday night.
"It's freezing!" said Courtney Monson, who works at Sabre Heating and Air Conditioning. Monson said it had been cold the past week, almost always below 20 degrees. She said the company's number of heating installations had increased greatly.
Monson also said road conditions could vary. She said that while she thought transportation workers did well clearing roads, sometimes they could be dangerous.
"Every day is a mystery," Monson said. "You're not sure whether you're going to get to work or not."
Weather for Minneapolis: 2 degrees, partly cloudy, northwest wind at 14 mph, humidity 55 percent.