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Snowy Forecast Has Parents Seeking Help With Childcare

By Melissa Newton, CBS 11 News
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A blanket of snow in one North Texas neighborhood, seen from Chopper 11. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

A blanket of snow in one North Texas neighborhood, seen from Chopper 11. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.com) - As North Texas braces for another round of treacherous weather, parents are hoping it won’t be as bad as expected.

With the possibility of school cancellations on Wednesday and perhaps even Thursday, it could mean another day off of work, or another day having to find a babysitter.

It can be quite overwhelming.  Just ask Jamie Judd.

“With them home it’s really a challenge to get anything done,” said the single mother of three.

Judd works in Texas Health Resources corporate office and said she was fortunate to be able to work from home when the weather shut everything down for four days.

Schools and daycares across North Texas were closed Tuesday through Friday of last week.

“First it’s great, everyone gets to sleep in and mom makes breakfast and then the reality sets in that mom needs to sit at her computer and work,” she explained, “One day stretches into two which then stretched into four and I was about ready to pull my hair out.”

Parents are watching the winter forecast closely, as more rain, sleet, snow and ice are expected Wednesday morning.

“I don’t mind the ice and snow but since we already had four days last week,” Judd said, “we were home pretty much a whole week, I’m not ready for round two.”

A lot of parents are feeling that same fatigue.

“There comes a point after an extended time away from school that we see an increase in business all the time,” said Valerie Phillips, owner and director of Adventure Kids Playcare in Dallas. “Thursday and Friday we were slammed.”

The drop-in daycare has already received phone calls from parents preparing in the event classes are cancelled again Wednesday.

“We have some people who have to be at work make a reservation,” Phillips said, “because they’re panicked they’re not going to get a spot.”

Adventure Kids, which has seven locations across North Texas, does not require a reservation but does require your child’s basic information and shot records.

Children ages 12 and under are welcome.

Be sure to keep up to date on the forecast and latest conditions in our Weather Section.

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