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FARGO—Not sure if this "streak" is one for the tourism brochure, but we've managed to endure 110-hours straight of below zero temperatures.

One of the big casualties in all of this has been the car batteries, they've been losing the battle.

After enjoying the holidays inside, Heather Grovum was not happy to what she came outside to.

Her car would not turn over, even with jumpers and help from a friend, our subzero temps were too much for the battery.

They waited it out, even hopeful with our Tuesday warm-up, and at AutoZone on 13th Avenue, the proof is in the inventory.

Demand has been outrunning supply; more batteries arriving on the truck on Wednesday.

"Right now, I looked at the manifest, I'm looking at 75-100 batteries just to replenish my stock, right now," said Bob Krigbaum, Autozone - Fargo.

As for a quick jump, it didn't happen.

Heather waited and waited, hoping time, luck and and this sudden warm up got her up and running.

"Oh my God. I'm moving to Florida," said Heather.

Parts stores also tell us, it's also a good reminder to also check both the age and warranty on your battery.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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