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Under a cold white blanket, Lexingtonians cope

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Many Lexingtonians huddled inside Friday as winter storm Jonas piled snow on the city, but not Jamie Sanders.

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Sanders was pushing his black bicycle down Meadow Lane just before 11 a.m. Friday, stopping every 30 feet or so to hop on and glide, though his bike wasn’t gripping the ground.

“Everybody keeps stopping me asking if I need to go to the shelter, but I just need to go to the store,” said Sanders, whose face was flush.

He couldn’t get his car out of the driveway nearby. A bike is safer anyway, he said.

“The snow snuck up on me,” he said. “I work third shift and fell asleep. It snuck up on me real quick.”

He was heading for a gas station for groceries and made it about five minutes later. But he faced another challenge. He had pushed his bike uphill from his house.

“Going downhill is probably going to be scary,” Sanders said.

Sanders had plenty of company on Lexington’s snow-covered streets, though traffic was relatively light throughout the day.

Robin Moore drove his wife to work at the Wal-Mart in Hamburg, before she was sent home because of the storm Friday morning. Moore said they picked up groceries before “going home and sitting in” for the remainder of the storm.

“We figured it would be better than fighting everyone last night,” Moore said.

The Winchester man said roads at home and in Lexington were about the same.

“They’re pretty bad, to be honest,” he said. “But I’ve lived here all my life, so they don’t bother me.”

Down the street, Steve Remec was filling up his tank near Interstate 75 while his wife waited in the car.

Remec said the couple are headed south — an area hit worse by Jonas — but it didn’t seem to bother him.

“We’re from Cleveland; it snows all the time,” Remec said.

Kentuckians less experienced with driving on snowy roads don’t scare him either.

“If everybody goes slow, I think we’ll be okay,” Remec said.

Downtown, John King brought his dog into A Cup Of Common Wealth. The coffee shop was bustling with people late Friday morning.

King ordered a large light roast coffee while his 2-year-old great Dane excitedly sniffed everything at nose level. King and Khaleesi live down the street. The pair often stop by during her morning walk, he said.

For the most part, Khaleesi hasn’t been restless at home, but she perked up Friday.

“She loves the snow, so she gets peppy,” King said.