this seems to be from the media, as it sounds like one of those buzzwords that normal people wouldn't use.
here it implies that some cold weather was forecasted for the area, but for some reason the temperature was higher than most had expected.
I agree with the novel thing. I thought of it immediately as being something from a first-person narrative style novel. You need to provide more context! I can only guess what it means as it stands. Perhaps a person threw on a jacket or taped over a broken window. It means that someone used their smarts to get over the cold, or it could mean that simply someone beat the cold in some way.