With temperatures possibly dipping into the low 20s Sunday night, some Killeen-area residents are planning on ringing in the new year indoors.
D’ozeal Lucas, 28, and 4-year-old son Mica were at Mr. W’s Fireworks shopping for bottle rockets Saturday. Lucas said she and her husband had a couple of friends coming over dinner. Despite the expected chill, she planned to run outside to shoot some fireworks off to celebrate.
“It drives the dogs nuts, so we only do a few, usually,” she said.
According to the National Weather Service, the low Sunday night is expected to be 22 degrees with wind gusts.
Some revelers will venture outside their homes, though, including the Killeen City Council’s presiding officer.
Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra, a Realtor with Exit HomeVets Realty, said Saturday the company is holding a celebration at the Courtyard by Marriott for volunteers who have aided events held by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce throughout the year.
“We’re just going to spend some time with them and show appreciation for all that they do,” Segarra said.
However, Segarra, an avid jogger, may have a few dietary restrictions for the holiday — he plans on running a marathon in February, he said.
Marcus James, 45, who was leaving the H-E-B Plus! at 2511 Trimmier Road with a 24-pack of Bud Light under his arm Saturday, said he and family had a slightly more lazy evening in mind.
“It’s going to be cold, man — we’re just going to watch football and drink beer,” he said. “We’re ordering chicken wings so, you know, it’s going to be low key.”
James, a mechanic outside of Belton, said the holiday offered him and family a chance to relax after a busy — and often difficult — 2017.
“We all work hard to get by,” he said. “I don’t know, getting your mind off that just feels good.”