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Locals Dealing with Cabin Fever

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LAWTON Okla_ With snow and ice covering many side streets and back roads, several folks have opted to stay home until the roads get better.

As we reached day five of slick and slippery streets though, some people say they've had enough. Today, people started venturing out of their homes in order to avoid what they call "cabin fever".

Most people 7News spoke to had no problem getting out of the house. Some were braving the roads out of necessity; we found many were once again grabbing the essentials like milk, bread, or whatever else they needed. With no melting in sight, some families were left wondering what to do to cure boredom blues.

During icy weather, most opt to stay at home, but what happens when your snow day starts turning into a snow week?

"When you get snowed in, you just have to stay busy doing something," Lawton Resident "Mr. Mike" said. "The recliner's a killer."

By the end of the weekend, Mr. Mike said the roads weren't holding him back any longer.

"I got out a little bit yesterday afternoon," he said. "I had to get out."

He wasn't alone, but if you decide braving the roads is better than driving yourself crazy, what's to do in a town that's all but shut down?

If you're a movie buff, hitting up the box office is a no-brainer. Theaters in town are staying open as a wintry oasis in order to curb cabin fever.

If you enjoy the outdoors or you're just looking for a drive, never fear. The roads are clear at the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, and the scenery is beautiful.

Of course, some good, old fashioned sledding will keep kids out of the house and having fun.

Just because school's out doesn't mean learning has to stop at places like the Museum of the Great Plains.

"I like that attitude that parents have that they can come here and allow their children to experience learning and having fun at the same time," Museum of the Great Plains Director John Hernandez said.

Maybe just grabbing some groceries is all you need.

"You just have to drive slow, and look down the road and make your adjustments quick so you don't endanger yourself or someone else," Mr. Mike said.

Mr. Mike is right. Obviously, if you do decide to get out of the house, be sure you're able to safely navigate through those stubborn ice patches and be sure to check those road conditions before you go.



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