Winter Weather Prompts Business Boom

Record cold temperatures have some business owners pulling in record profits.
3:00 | 03/04/14

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And we move, next, to the brutal cold covering the eastern half of this country. And tonight, the map showing arctic air, pushing its way into the south. March is setting new records with the lowest temperatures in 100 years. And ABC's Alex Perez, tonight, has the people struggling the most. And some of them, making a fortune on the freeze. Reporter: Mother nature's March madness. Raleigh, North Carolina, cars flipped upside-down and skidding on icy roads. In Arkansas, along this interstate near the Tennessee border, a truck accident backed up traffic for miles passengers stranded overnight for hours. An ice storm in Houston coated the area with a quarter-inch of dangerous ice, bringing down trees and knocking out power. It's been a winter for the books. And in Chicago, they shivered through the most days at or below zero ever. The industry, walloping car sales, too. Dealerships, empty. Nobody comes out. It takes two weeks for them to come back out. Reporter: And airlines, taking a hit. About 1 million flights canceled this season, costing airlines as much as $500 million. But winter has thawed out a few winners. Roofing contractors and car repair shops can barely keep up with business. Frank has told us he has seen more cars damaged by potholes than ever before. Our business is through the roof. Reporter: At ace hardware, sales of cold weather products are up 135%. The travel website jetsetter, says bookings for warm destinations are up 38%. Or supposedly warm destinations, even in New Orleans. Mardi gras is mighty cold. Today, the coldest fat Tuesday since 1986. And here in the midwest, it's been so cold, lake Michigan and the other great Lakes are more than 90% frozen right now. More frozen than they have been in the last 20 years. Diane? Looks like a glacier there. Thank you, Alex.

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