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Chilled or Thrilled - Some like the colder weather

SEBRING - When the thermometer drops into the 40s or 50s or lower is it too cold or a pleasantly cool day?

Some bundle up when temperatures dip into the 60s while it's shorts and shirt sleeves for others.

The cold temperatures Friday morning were "no big deal" for Donald Sallee of Avon Park.

He is originally from Indiana, but became a full-time Florida resident a year and a half ago.

"You can always tell the people who live down here year round from the snowbirds. The snowbirds will be walking around in shorts and tank tops and the people who live down here year round they are dressed like I am."

Sallee was wearing a jacket.

Penny Hall, who winters in Sebring and lives in Ohio, had a different opinion about Friday morning's chill.

"I didn't move down here to be cold," she said.

"You can't get much colder than that unless you are in Minnesota," she said of Ohio.

Hopefully the temperatures will go back up in Florida where they are supposed to be, Hall said.

Tony Mason, who winters in Lake Placid, said the weather is nothing compared to back in Canada where he is from about 120 miles northwest of Toronto.

"I am from a very rural area and it's very cold up there probably minus 20 in Centigrade," he noted, which is minus 4 Fahrenheit. "This is beautiful. Oh, I love this area."

It's only cold in the morning and then the sun comes out and everyone is happy, Mason said.

He received a phone call Thursday evening from his children in Canada who said they had more snow than ever and had never seen it so bad.

Roads, schools and work places were closed and they've got two more months of winter weather, Mason said.

Due to contrasting weather conditions Thursday night/Friday morning, New York City had similar temperatures to Sebring and Highlands County for a time.

A National Weather Service listing showed a low of 33 degrees for New York City.

It was 34 degrees in Sebring, 33 degrees one mile south of Sebring and 25 degrees at Archbold Biological Station, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Lewis.

He explained that Florida got a reinforcing shot of cold air behind a front from earlier in the week. High pressure over the central part of the country pushed cold air south into the central Florida area.

The New York City area had more favorable winds and had some cloud cover that trapped in some heat, Lewis said.

"We were pretty much clear last night in the lower atmosphere so there was nothing that trapped in the heat overnight," he said.