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No schyool tomorrow! Yay!!

For a little snow? (And, yes, I know whereof I speak. Looking at your forecast, your expecting a total accumulation ... 30 inches, with drifts up to at least four or five feet. O'Hare airport closed, but not my high school.)

I have a theory that every city subject to snow is willing to be routinely shut down about two or three days a year. They will invest in the equipment necessary to avoid being shut down more than that, but the investment necessary to avoid those two or three days would be beyond the point of diminishing returns. It doesn't matter whether the city is Buffalo, NY or Washington, DC. Regardless of the amount of snow, the calculation seems to be the same.
Schools are a different matter. They seem to have wide variation. My wife is a teacher, and her district will shut down remarkably easy. The thinking is that the buses use a lot of rural roads that don't get plowed and salted reliably. Given the potential for litigation, this is reasonable logic. Missed days will be added later in the year, while salaried staff will get paid the same, so it probably doesn't cost the district much to shut down. Governments and airports have a different calculus.
For what it is worth, I stayed home yesterday. But the issue was ice, not snow.
Richard R. Hershberger
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I have number of phrases in my head which pop out at the right moment - the one for this situation is: "And when he woke the next morning, the world was white".

From "The Lathe Of Heaven", innit?...r
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I just noticed that we've had about 2 inches of snow. The UK will beclosed down shortly.

No snow yet in Oxford. I think all this bad weather hype is a ploy to distract us from the ... it isn't actually doing very much, the forecasts can be spun (hi, Philip!). Laura (emulate St. George for email)

Mini blizzard just now for half an hour here in south Yorkshire but it's only left a dusting on undisurbed ground. This area, the Dearne Valley, rarely gets really bad weather for some reason as it always seems worse both east and west of us.
Peter P
david56 filted:

I have number of phrases in my head which pop ... when he woke the next morning, the world was white".

From "The Lathe Of Heaven", innit?...r

Really? If so, I had forgotten.
That's another trip to the loft, but I will wait a few days - it will be intensely cold up there at the moment.

David
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I just noticed that we've had about 2 inches of snow. The UK will be closed down shortly.

No snow yet in Oxford. I think all this bad weather hype is a ploy to distract us from the ... good old standby, the weather, and if it isn't actually doing very much, the forecasts can be spun (hi, Philip!).

Er, I take it all back. During the last five minutes a white-out has occurred, the wind has blown great wet lumps of snow to settle half way up my study window and there is thunder and lightning to boot. The suddenness of this blizzard is quite startling.

Laura
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No snow yet in Oxford. I think all this bad ... doing very much, the forecasts can be spun (hi, Philip!).

Er, I take it all back. During the last five minutes a white-out has occurred, the wind has blown great ... up my study window and there is thunder and lightning to boot. The suddenness of this blizzard is quite startling.

We had that about three hours ago (including the thunder and lightning, which surprised me somewhat), but it sleeted then rained afterwards and all the snow is gone now. The sky is clear - I think the pressure is rising and we are in for a cold night. I have to be in Slough at 10:30 tomorrow; I think I will have to allow a couple of hours contingency.

David
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No snow yet in Oxford. I think all this bad ... doing very much, the forecasts can be spun (hi, Philip!).

Er, I take it all back. During the last five minutes a white-out has occurred, the wind has blown great ... up my study window and there is thunder and lightning to boot. The suddenness of this blizzard is quite startling.

Extraordinary. I've been online for an hour. I sat down when the skies were clear blue, the temperature middling and no indication of trouble to come. My wife went out to the shops. She's just returned through 3 or 4 inches of snow to report there's a power cut in the local shopping centre. And the damn stuff is still falling.

John Dean
Oxford
I have a theory that every city subject to snow is willing to be routinely shut down about two or ... city is Buffalo, NY or Washington, DC. Regardless of the amount of snow, the calculation seems to be the same.

Agreed. In Britain there's another factor to bear in mind - the narrow and congested roads. Just a few incidents are sufficient to cause gridlock, and no reasonable amount of equipment will help because it simply can't move. The problem is not the snow, it's the other traffic.

Mike Barnes
Cheshire, England
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david56 filted:
david56 filted: From "The Lathe Of Heaven", innit?...r

Really? If so, I had forgotten. That's another trip to the loft, but I will wait a few days - it will be intensely cold up there at the moment.

If that works out to be an actual quote it would be a startling coincidence, but there *is* that one part where he wakes up and all people are the same indeterminate shade of grey...the intent of the wish was to eliminate racial prejudice..r
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