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Cold snap shocks East Tennessee businesses

12:28 AM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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A thirty degree swing in temperature this week has been quite a shock for East Tennessee and some businesses are giving the weather mixed reviews.

A burst of brisk weather usually sends people in search of pumpkins, hay rides, and apple cider.

But cold, rainy, and windy weather kept Oakes Farms in Corryton closed Sunday.

"We're definitely not complaining if we just lose one day. This is the first day we've lost to weather so that's great," says owner Ken Oakes.

The chill in the air was enough to send shoppers in search of shelter this weekend. at Mast General Store in downtown Knoxville.

"We're starting to get a lot of interest in warmer jackets, warmer vests," says General Manager Jim Richards.

He says the cool weather shopping really kicked off a few weeks ago during a cold UT Football night game.

"We saw people that were not expecting that type of weather," says Richards.

And he suspects tourists in the area for autumn foliage may help with an additional surge in sales.

"We really staff up for this time of year because we have expectations of the sales starting to increase as the weather comes in," says Richards.

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