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Creative ways to beat the cold weather

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

People in Plattsburgh are doing what they can to fight the freezing temperatures. Michael Lamitie of Malone is leaving on a plane to Florida to visit his two sons.

"And just hang out in what's probably going to be a little warmer climate, escaping the frigid weather and enjoying a little fun in the sun so to speak," Lamitie said.

Others are seeking warmth at the YMCA. The indoor pool gets up to 90 degrees. The lifeguards say they're glad to be able to wear bathing suits in January.

"I definitely am happy to be in here. It's nice and warm, and it's better than being out there. It's kinda like summertime here all year round," said Arianne Schaeffer of the YMCA.

For those who can't get to the outdoor beach, there's always the indoor beach, where not only can you get good color but you can also warm up.

"It's like the perfect getaway for the 20-minute relaxation of beach time," said Anne Guillette of Leisure Tan. "A lot of customers say this is their 20 minutes of pretending they're in Jamaica or Hawaii or wherever vacation spot they may decide to want to be at."

For Lamitie, his dream summer vacation is about to become reality.

"We've got some activities planned, not too much time on the beach because it's still a little cool down there for this time of the year. But 70s is very tolerable for me leaving 10, 15 below zero up here," he said.

In these frigid temperatures, it seems it's either fight or flight.

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