Today three types of North Texans are emerging in a day of frigid temps and thunder sleeting.
There were those who opted to stay put and not play slip-and-slide on area roads. Thanks to the pandemic regime and limited power outages, many were able to literally Zoom work from home. As a result, the Dallas Arboretum, Dallas Zoo and others are not open.
Then there were those who threw caution to the 20-degree wind chill running errands and either landing on their posteriors or discovering that cars aren’t ice skates.
Finally, there were those with a mission. For some it was the North Texas first responders helping victims of accidents; then there were the area non-profits like The Stewpot, The Bridge, Austin Street Center, Oak Lawn Methodist Church, Salvation Army North Texas and countless others making the rounds for the homeless shivering in cars with their families and in tents.
Want the good-new, bad-news, nightmare-news?
Let’s get the ugly stuff over with first. There is a real chance that unlike the previous hours, ice will be a major player creating all types of outages in the hours to come.
The bad news is that things are not going to improve until Thursday afternoon. No surprise. North Texans learned from the past that what is slushy during the day freezes overnight to create icy roads and walkways.
Is there good news? Heck, yes. Friday is just around the corner with temperatures in the 50s and 60s throughout February. Yahoo! Get that sunscreen out!
Seriously, brace yourselves for a tough couple of days. But thanks to your staying at home, fewer problems are taking place on the roads. And thanks to our North Texas champions, those in need are being offered help and hope.
Stay safe. Stay warm. Stay put!