HARKER HEIGHTS — It’s been a long time since Chris Greco, 10, has seen snow.

“The last time I had a snow day was when we lived in Virginia and we had like 2 feet of snow,” he said.

Capitalizing on his day off from school, he dusted off his sled and took advantage of his driveway’s steep slope, making several runs down the slick surface.

The Central Texas area received a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow resulting in several school and business closures Friday.

Mark Smith and his three daughters took advantage of a day off from work and school.

“We are from all over and this is nothing,” said Smith, a Harker Heights resident and a soldier serving at Fort Hood.

“I’m enjoying this free day of leave with my family and look forward to a nice cup of hot chocolate when we get back to the house.”

His three daughters, Natasha, 12, Rochelle, 10, and Rebecca, 5, braved the cold weather and bundled up to join their dad, who pulled the youngest member of the family on a sled.

The Killeen Independent School District, which also includes public schools at Fort Hood, Harker Heights and Nolanville, canceled school due to inclement weather.

Also closed for the day were Temple, Lampasas, Florence, Copperas Cove and Belton school districts.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas A&M-Central Texas and Central Texas College closed their campuses as well.

The Fort Hood senior commander authorized the closure of Fort Hood. Only mission-essential personnel were required to report for duty Friday.

According to Steve Fano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, most areas saw an inch or less of sleet and snow.

Fano said freezing rain was reported in a few spots, creating slippery conditions for motorists.

“Bridges and overpasses got the worst of it and it was brutally cold out with the wind by Texas standards,” he said.

“The good news is the weather will improve over the weekend.”

The forecast indicates temps will hit a high of 66 degrees today and will continue to climb to about 72 degrees Sunday, Fano said.

But Fano said another cold front will roll in Monday and Central Texans will continue to ride a weather roller coaster over the next few weeks.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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