Some traders in Cockermouth have reported a drop in trade since major roadworks started. But they're hoping public artwork and scrapping some parking charges will bring people back.
Alex Morgan from Wordsworth House spoke to ITV Border:
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Wintry start for some and windy. Brightening later
Emma brings you Saturday's forecast
Longest cold spell of winter so far. Mainly dry and bright, but feeling bitterly cold today. Very wintry further east, blizzards possible