Kids were playing in the snow and at the mall Thursday, but it was the parents who were going stir-crazy by day three of schools being canceled.
“I would drive the bus and plow all the neighborhood streets myself to get them back to school,” joked Teresa Bradshaw.
The Moore resident was at Douglas Park in north Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon with her children and a group of their friends. She spoke just before giving daughter, Jenna, 11, a push down a snowy hill on a bright blue disc.
Friend Macy Rogers, 11, said she's enjoyed the time out of school, listing activities such as sleeping in, watching movies and drinking hot chocolate.
“I'm not ready to go back to school,” she said.
Nearby, Lacy Gordon, 15, tried building a small snowman, while David McWhorter, 15, threw snowballs at the girls.
As Eric Bradshaw, 15, doused his sister in snow, his mom reiterated her chant.
“It's time to go back to school,” she said.
Not everyone was playing Thursday.
Chaz Stokes, 22, offered his snow shoveling services to seniors in need. He said he posted his services on a popular advertising site after hearing a neighbor being charged $150 for having a driveway shoveled. The Paseo resident offered his services for $5 or $10.
At Penn Square Mall, things were a bit quieter and warmer. Randy Hailey watched his children, Meghan, 6, and Gavin, 4, ride toy vehicles.
“We're here just to get out of the house after being trapped for three days,” he said.
In the Lego store, Teresa Finley watched her sons, Austin, 7, and Andrew, 8, pick through the bins of colored blocks.
“I'm praying there's school tomorrow,” she said.
She's out of luck. Most Metro-area school districts, including Oklahoma City, canceled classes for a fourth day today.
That means another day of keeping parents and children occupied and safe, while temperatures continue to hover around the freezing mark and the state may even see more snow.
Temperatures on Thursday started at minus 1 at the Oklahoma Mesonet station in Spencer. High temperatures ranged from the mid teens to high 20s throughout the state.
Today's forecast calls for a high of about 25 and the possibility of a dusting to 1 inch of snow, affecting the area near and east of Oklahoma City to Wichita Falls, Texas, according to the National Weather Service in Norman.
There is the possibility of occasional light snow Saturday night through Monday and then a chance of accumulating snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday.
While it's fun for children and adults to play outside in the snow, they should heed safety warnings to avoid injury and frostbite.
People are warned to be careful while clearing porches, sidewalks and vehicles of ice and snow and are advised to carry a fully charged cell phone in case they need to summon help.
Officials also warn people not to skate, slide or sled on frozen ponds, creeks, rivers or lakes as water may not be solid enough to support the weight of a person. Temperatures in Oklahoma are never cold enough to completely freeze recreational water, according to the state Health Department.
The American Heart Association reminds Oklahomans that overexertion, such as shoveling snow or pushing a car, can strain your heart.
Assistant Fire Chief Tim Wheeler with the Edmond Fire Department issued a list of warnings Thursday on avoiding frostbite and hypothermia.
Both can occur when people are not dressed properly for the cold. If either is experienced, medical help should be sought immediately.
Signs of frostbite are redness, white or grayish-yellow skin, pain in skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, or numbness. Symptoms of hypothermia in adults include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness. In infants, look for bright red or cold skin and very low energy.
If medical help is not available, victims should be warmed and wet clothing should be removed.