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Snowbirds not worried about cold blast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast can be an enticing place for those looking for a retreat from the cold. (Image Source: WLOX News) The Mississippi Gulf Coast can be an enticing place for those looking for a retreat from the cold. (Image Source: WLOX News)
To heat the campers, most people use propane tanks. (Image Source: WLOX News) To heat the campers, most people use propane tanks. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Southern Comfort Camping Resort is a popular spot for snowbirds. (Image Source: WLOX News) Southern Comfort Camping Resort is a popular spot for snowbirds. (Image Source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The Mississippi Gulf Coast can be an enticing place for those looking for a retreat from the cold.

"I would much prefer to be here than there," said Stephen Rexford of Michigan.

When temperatures are expected to drop below 50 degrees, most Southerners start gathering fire wood and propane in preparation to heat their homes for a cold night.

"Until you get 24 below with a wind chill factor of about 40 below, this is nothing," said Rexford.

Barbara Repschleeger, who is from Lake George, Colorado, is traveling across the Gulf Coast with her husband and their friends. They were planning to come here to get a break from the cold. It's a little chillier than what they expected, but much warmer than the temperatures they left behind. 

"Actually, the last two days are the coldest days we've had here on our whole trip, and it's not bad. We can do it," said Repschleeger.

To heat the campers, most people use propane tanks. But most of the snowbirds don't think it's cold enough for that, so they use alternative methods.

"We have an electric blanket I plug in. He has a blanket he puts on himself, and we have a small little electric heater that we'll plug in. It will keep that whole RV warm," said one camper.

So while the rest of South Mississippi bundles up for the first cold blast of the season, these snowbirds will continue to wear their shorts and enjoy what they know as warm weather.

"We're sitting around in our shorts and flip-flops and t-shirts going, 'Yep it's terrible, what are you gonna do?'" said Rexford.

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