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Oh, Texas weather
This Christmas marked the umpteenth year in a row Mother Nature has decided to go berserk and leave North Texans confused with what to expect from the weather.
On Christmas, it snowed in North Texas -- a Christmas miracle!
At least, I'd consider it a miracle if I hadn't been outside running in 65 degree weather just a few days before.
Christmas morning actually wasn't that bad, either. I was able to run outside -- although it was 40 degrees and windy -- and I could actually drive my truck without fear of skidding off the road if I exceeded 20 mph.
The afternoon changed all that. With a decent amount of snow came freezing rain and dangerous roads. Just in front of my house, a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a traffic sign a few feet from my driveway.
It took about 45 minutes to get that person's vehicle unstuck -- probably not the way the driver expected he'd be spending Christmas.
So here I sit, typing this column out because it's nearly impossible to safely traverse the highways and interstates it'd require me to make it to the office. When I drove a few miles away to run a brief errand, I saw multiple vehicles in ditches and skidding off the roads.
I should be used to it by now, of course. If you've lived in Texas for as little as a few months, you should know you can't trust the weather in Texas to stay the same for consecutive days.
By the time this column is published, it could be 70 degrees and I wouldn't be surprised. That's just what you come to expect when you live in Texas.
On a positive note, however, the snow's great for kids to build snowmen -- an opportunity that doesn't come often in North Texas -- and people can get over their food comas from holiday feasts.
The holidays are a great time of year, and it gives everyone a reprieve from the stresses of the previous year. It's also a great time to sit back, relax and watch your favorite college football team in bowl season (or the Football Championship Subdivision title game, coming next week to Frisco).
Can't Mother Nature join in the holiday spirit and just give us some hints on what to expect from the weather next year?