DALLAS—The first 24 hours of spring brought a big surprise to North Texas. By Sunday morning, snow coated roof tops and walkways. It topped white tree branches and smothered flowers. It came quickly and it melted just as fast.
"I was thinking of throwing some snowballs at my sister, but the snow had melted already," said Mikey Johnson, of Cedar Hill.
But the cold snap was enough to put the freeze on spring break hot spots, like the Dallas Zoo.
"We were certainly staffed and ready to go this weekend and ready to have people come in and so let's just say everybody is getting to take it a little bit easier today than the rest of the week," said Susan Eckert, a Dallas Zoo Spokesperson.
Instead of the Thursday and Friday crowds of 10,000 to 12,000 people, only about a dozen showed up. Families, like the Johnson's, had the 90 acre park to themselves.
"We can walk straight up, see any animals that are out and the kids get some good exercise," said Michael Johnson, Mikey's father.
Once the weather reaches about 30-40 degrees, many of the zoo animals go to a warmer place. Because most of the outdoor exhibits were empty, customers were given half price admission. But there was still a lot to see, including the albino alligator pit and the kids petting zoo.
"They kind of bent the rules a little bit for the kids because we're the only ones here, so it gives the workers something to do," said Guille Johnson, Mikey's mother.
"We're kind of hoping no more snowstorms, but when they come it's a surprise and when you're dealing with nature you always have to be ready for surprises," Eckert said.
There's still 90 days left of spring, no telling what's in store.