NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There was one place a lot of North Texans didn’t want to be Friday night – home! That’s where so many have been cooped up over the last two weeks, because of all the snow and ice.
To celebrate sunshine and warmer weather, lots of people took to the streets. There was plenty of traffic and crowds outside Plano’s Shops at Legacy. The temperature was in the 40s, which is the warmest night seen in a while.
The above freezing weather meant a chance for a lot of stir crazy North Texans to finally get out. Whether it was drinks on an outdoor patio in Plano or a bowl of warm stew at Fair Park’s Irish Festival, there was a feeling of jubilation.
Plano resident Sonia Snetzer said, “It feels great! We dressed for the weather and came prepared.”
Friday night felt more like March is supposed to and a trip to Cavalia in Frisco was the perfect remedy for what Vicki Line and so many others have been suffering from. “Cabin fever,” she said. “I was praying last night that it wouldn’t be icy, so I can drive.”
Even a seven-year-old was ready to see the remaining snow melt away.
While shorts were a rare sight on people at The Shops at Legacy, a few seemed determined to pretend spring was here.
One person said happily, “We’ve been shut in for too long! It’s time to get out and enjoy Texas weather.”
Even University of North Texas student Malena Reyes needed to get out, despite the fact she’s still wearing a neck brace from a weather-related car accident.
“It’s been a pretty bad week being cooped up, but I’m ready for the weather to get back to normal and it to be safer out,” she said.
Friday night was also good for local businesses, many of which had seen a lot less ‘business’ because of the winter weather.
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