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Antelope Valley kids get a snow day off

January 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The Antelope Valley is one place you don't normally see snow. But Monday they had quite a bit of it. And it kept children pretty busy outside of school. Residents made the best of the unusual winter conditions.

Lancaster school kids got an extra day of winter vacation thanks to all of the snow. Surprise, surprise, none of them were disappointed.

"I think the snow is like amazing, because I've never seen snow before. It's just wonderful," said Lancaster resident Haven Ballard.

But not every parent received word school was out. Monday was supposed to be the Aquinos 3rd-grade son Ricky's first day of class at his new school. Ricky didn't seem to mind.

"He didn't make it, he was lucky today," said Ricky's dad. "They closed it down I guess, right?"

"I want to play games, I want to play games and watch TV," said Ricky.

It's been quite a while, according to many, since they've seen this much snow fall here in the Antelope Valley.

"When I first came up here in '83, we had a big snow, and schools were closed early and we had a good, fun, crisp vacation and everything," said Jim Ballard.

"It's amazing, I love it, I love it. As long as I'm not out in it for too long I'm fine," said Teri Ballard.

A challenge for parents Monday was keeping the kids from getting bored.

"They're going to play in the backyard. We got a lot of snow, that's the only place that they're going to be. 'Cause like last night they were playing around 9, 10," said Lancaster resident Steve Galvan.

But reality sets in Tuesday as everybody is due back in school and some of the kids are hoping that there's still some snow left to play with.

Bad weather in Southern California has forced all schools in at least six school districts to close Monday. Districts affected included:

  • Snowline Joint Unified School District - CLOSED TUESDAY, JAN. 4
  • Rim of the World Unified School District
  • Victor Elementary School District
  • Victor Valley Union High School District
  • Apple Valley Unified School District
  • Lancaster School District
  • Palmdale School District