Blankets, hand warmers needed during chilly Friday night

CREATED Oct. 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 5, 2012

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BROOKFIELD- People are quickly adjusting to the cold, and that means firing up the furnace and finding jackets, hats, and gloves.

People busted out their winter gear to tackle the great outdoors Friday night, and the cool temps have them thinking about preparing for winter.

Temperatures reaching the low 40s had fans snuggled in blankets and their best winter garb for Brookfield Central's homecoming game.

"Its always cold.  One year it wasn't...but we even have to have a cushion for the bottom cause it's freezing," says Mary Elbert.

Mary and Ken Elbert even put their hand warmers to work for the first time this year.  And many will likely fire up the furnace this weekend too.

"We gotta close all the windows, seal all the vents...get out the snow shovels and the sleds.  It's time to make the transition," says Ken Elbert.

At Milwaukee's Oktoberfest celebration, several people weren't quite ready for that transition.  Paul Maczka hopes he'll see a few more days where he can ditch the jacket.

"I was not thrilled about that this morning. It was a little cold," says Maczka.  "I'm still thinking fall..I could go golfing yet."

Companies that service chimneys and furnaces tell TODAY'S TMJ4 they have been swamped with phone calls about tune-ups and chimney sweeps.