GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) Most Green Bay area school districts announced late Tuesday, they will be closed for a third day on Wednesday because of the cold; forcing parents to juggle schedules yet another day.
At the YMCA's East Side Center in Green Bay - lots of parents with children, burning off a little cabin fever.
"I think parents appreciate a place to go for their kids to burn off some of that energy they have when they're stuck inside with the cold," said Sandy Atkins, operations manager of the Greater Green Bay YMCA.
Temperatures across northeast Wisconsin have been subzero for days, cooled by an arctic blast that shut most school district the past two days. Late this afternoon most Green Bay area districts announced - they'll remain closed on Wednesday
"I was thinking Monday for sure - possibly today," said parent, Tori Martinez. "But I was not prepared for tomorrow at all - I thought it was getting warmer."
Tori Martinez is a teacher in the Green Bay School District - so she has been able to stay home with her kids. However, she knows for many parents, closing school - causes hardship.
"I have friends who've had a hard time finding parents to care for their kids while they are off because they are not in day care and they've had to take a day off of work," Martinez said.
"A lot of video games at my house," explains parent, Holly Tritabaugh
Tritabaugh's children attend school in De Pere. She says a third day off from class is something her kids will take, but are not really looking forward to.
"They like sleeping in," Tritabaugh said. "But when they get up in the morning they are ready to go be with their friends."
Nevertheless, with wind chills remaining subzero - she understands the concern of educators.
"I do understand for the safety of the other kids and those who do have to catch a bus, I do understand," the De Pere mother said.
However, it means one more day of bitter cold.
"We're ready for something warmer," said Tritabaugh.
And dealing with cabin fever.
"It's hard because we have to keep the kids occupied at home," Martinez said.
Parents we spoke with today - say the library was another popular spot during these past few days off.
All are ready for warmer weather.