It's "Day Two" of some of the worst weather the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has experienced in years and the end isn't yet in sight, according to local weather reports Saturday. Even though temperatures will likely not dip as low as they did last night, the cold is expected to continue below freezing through Monday at least. Forecasters were even warning residents that there might be another round of freezing rain, sleet, and some snow flurries before it all ends at the beginning of the week.
The weather has brought most of the Metroplex to a standstill. Although some residents have ventured out to nearby stores, streets and freeways are treacherous; traffic slowed almost to a standstill with schools and businesses closing on Friday, and weekend events almost totally canceled. "Old Man Winter" doesn't seem to care that the clock is still ticking its way to Christmas, and the number of shopping days is dwindling.
What is there to do on days like this? For many local residents, those who aren't affected by power outages, there are movies on television, games to play and cooking to be done.
It's a bit too cold to spend much time outside, but there have been children seen skating on the frozen streets, sledding on neighborhood hills, and walking (or sliding) briskly on coated sidewalks as families get out to enjoy a little together time while they can.
Inside, It's a good time to make soup, bake cookies with the kids, prepare a casserole, bake bread, sip hot chocolate together, produce a creative video with the children, read books, write holiday notes to faraway friends, play on the internet, or cover up with a cozy afghan and take a nap on the couch.
Check out the food channel on television; look up your favorite family recipes, or check out online cooking blogs and popular holiday planning sites. The return to normal routine will come soon enough.