Our schools have been canceled every day in the SE part of the state too. The main roads are clear as can be. I think the problem is usually backroads. I lived on a backroad my whole life until college, and our roads continued to be horrible for days, especially if the temperatures didn't allow for any melting. Most people have no clue why school is being called so much. That's the answer, at least around my area.
Living in Cincinnati drives me nuts for about 2 or 3 days of the year, and those are the days that it snows. I grew up just a couple hours north of Cincy where they a decent amount more of snow than here, and people seem to go about their normal activities without flooding the grocery store and panicking. In Cincinnati they can call for 2 inches of snow and it's mayhem. Unbelievable.
Everyone at work yesterday was asking me if I was going to come in today, that really made me laugh.
The worst was this past Monday when we got a dusting of snow, literally about a quarter inch of snow, and I was listening to 700 while coming in to work and they rattled off all kinds of school closings. I looked at the road I was driving on and it was wet. No snow, no ice, just water on the road, but apparently the dusting of white stuff in the grass can kill you.
When I lived in Asheville, NC, the big tough guys with their huge trucks used to be the first to call in to work to say they couldn't make it because of the snow. I got a kick out of that.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
Mid west got pretty hammered today. My town got about 4 inches or so. Judging by the school closings and work delays it seems like 1/2 of Illinois stayed home. Of course 4 inches is a decent amount.
"The Hall of Fame is there to keep alive the memory of people. You don't need to do that with people like Buck [O'Niel] and Joe [Nuxhall]. Nobody's forgetting those guys."
- Joe Posnanski
Yep. We're friends with the local superintendent and this is precisely why. Any bus slides off the road, any kid slips and falls walking to the bus stop, *anything* weather related where a case can be made showing the district was negligent in not thinking and preventing of all the hazards, they are slapped with a lawsuit. And it takes public dollars to defend. Cheaper to call off school.
I was told that in 2 years, most districts (maybe all of Ohio?) will no longer have "calamity days" built in to their calendars. Thus, every day off will have to be made up. You may see fewer snow days then.
When all is said and done more is said than done.
Yeah, We've got 5-5 1/2 inches here in Oxford, and it's still comin' down.
I'd rather listen to Kelch read the phone book than suffer through Thom Brennaman's attempt to make every instance on the field the most important event since the discovery of manned space flight. -westofyou
Schools in the Oklahoma City area were canceled for the rest of the week because of wind chills being single digits and below. No snow or any kind of precip.