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Winter Storm Posing Challenges For Florists This Valentine’s Day

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — In case you forgot, Friday is Valentine’s Day.

But the nasty weather means some added challenges when it comes to getting roses delivered to your sweetie.

While it appears love will win out in our area, industry experts say millions of deliveries in states hit hard by the winter storm could be in jeopardy.

In fact, FTD quit taking orders in areas affected by the storm.

Here in Pittsburgh, at Gidas Flowers in Oakland, they say orders aren’t in jeopardy, but deliveries are a little more challenging in the snow.

“Driving wasn’t that easy. The hills weren’t that fun. Parking wasn’t fun,” said Adrian Kasicky, a delivery driver.

“It makes a huge difference,” said manager Jason Gidas. “For one, it makes deliveries run a lot slower because of the snow.”

Like many businesses, the extreme cold we’ve had this winter is costing them more money than usual. They have to double wrap deliveries and keep trucks running.

“We can’t leave a van without it running because the temperature will get too cold for the flowers, and they will freeze and die,” said manager Laurie Roorback.

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