It’s snowing in Raleigh in March, and not only have they not called off school, they haven’t even called us to tell us they aren’t calling off school. I guess they are jaded by now… ☺

David Megginson March 17, 2014 17:43

I don’t think we ever had a snow day in the Ottawa urban core. They might cancel buses out in the rural areas, but if you were within walking distance, the school board assumed you wouldn’t be inconvenienced by a mere 12” of additional snow any given morning. They did cancel classes for a few days during the great ice storm in the late 90s, but only because so many schools lost power.

Michael K Johnson March 17, 2014 18:07

St Olaf College did not cancel classes even for almost a meter of snow from

Behan Webster March 17, 2014 19:11

+David Megginson I can remember one snow day growing up in Winnipeg, when we had 36” of snow one night; only snow plows and snow machines could get anywhere. Essentially emergency vehicles were assigned their own snow plows, and everything shutdown until the major streets could be cleared. Even ice storms didn’t close school (I still remember the city buses skidding to a stop at all the bus stops on the ay to school). Though having said that, I was living in Ottawa during the ice storm. That was brutal. But mostly because it downed so many trees and power lines. Had the power corridors been backed up, better designed, the power in cities been buried and the trees better managed (less weakened trees), it wouldn’t have been nearly as bad as it was. I blame Ontario/Quebec power for their crappy infrastructure. Manitoba Hydro has MUCH better power systems/management.

I feel like I’m saying I walked to school up-hill in the snow… both ways. Well I suppose it was up hill one way. But a small hill since it was the prairies…

David Megginson March 17, 2014 19:16

The first day after the ice storm, I was walking my daughter to school, zigzagging back and forth across the street to avoid downed trees and (possibly live) powerlines. Agreed about the infrastructure - we need to bury those powerlines.

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