"It looks so cold out there," she said.
"That's because it is cold out there," her mother answered.
The sky outside their window was gray and the limbs of the bare trees shook in the wind. Icicles hung from the eaves of the house. About a foot of snow was already on the ground.
The radio had announced a winter storm warning because weathercasters were predicting severe winter conditions. Now the twins and their mother were just waiting for the blizzard to arrive. School had been cancelled, but their father had gone to work.
"I hope Dad gets home soon," said Robbie, Julia's twin brother. "He could get stuck in the blizzard!"
The children look worried and even when Sparky wagged his tail, they still looked glum.