I work in Buffalo NY...'nuff said.
Yeah, working winter ops can be a little difficult. My fingers don't last long, so changing JT
-8 fuel controls and handling the small hardware can be a bit of a challenge. Equipment doesn't start, snow drifts around the airplane so that its 2" at the NLG and 4 1/2 feet at the mains. Had to change a fuel feed line at the pylon on a PW
powered 757 when the temp (not wind chill) was -15 and the wind was screaming. I sat up there at 0400 laughing out loud because I wondered how I could have chosen this as a career choice....of course, now I'm warm so I know why I did.
Strange things happen too.....I was R&Ring an APU load control valve in the right wheel well of a 727 and had a torpedo heater running to provide some heat. (I know....not a good idea.....) Anyway, while I had both my hands buried in a crevice about the size of a paper towel tube, I smelled something burning. I asked my partner if he smelled it too, and he did. A moment later, I looked down to see that my insulated coveralls had moved too close to the heater, and that my leg was now on fire. Long story short, my partner almost peed his pants and I've given up on torpedo heaters around airplanes.
Yeah, winter weather can get brutal, but hey, it builds character and makes for some good beer drinkin stories too.....