U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 08-24-2007, 09:44 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
26,857 posts, read 40,809,418 times
Reputation: 17663


Hi, You wouldn't believe how much it only takes here in Cookeville Tennessee to close schools. We get half inch of snow and they have schools closed here. Most people that move here from a snow state cann't believe they close the public schools over a half inch of snow.

Quick reply to this message

Old 08-24-2007, 10:17 PM
11 posts, read 102,746 times
Reputation: 41
The amount of snow isn't that important here, schools close when there is limited visibility.

And just to brag, I live in the snowiest part of North America.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2007, 12:02 AM
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
5,661 posts, read 22,193,446 times
Reputation: 3709
Just a dusting will do it. In my region of NC, school buses have to deal with mountainous, 2-lane country roads and numerous creek bridges in the early morning hours.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2007, 04:41 AM
Location: Spots Wyoming
18,697 posts, read 31,280,452 times
Reputation: 2147483647
Schools here are closed depending on driving capability. They do have some set standards such as -30 degrees, visibility down to 200 ft due to wind, and if there's no wind, 1 ft of accumulation.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2007, 09:03 AM
Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
399 posts, read 1,349,615 times
Reputation: 360
About 10 inches and it need to still be falling in the morning with more predicted. We have had 2 snow days in the 3 winters we have spent here.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2007, 09:06 AM
Location: Here
5,398 posts, read 6,533,641 times
Reputation: 9912
Schools in KS/MO will close as soon as the first snowflake hits the ground! Well, not quite that bad, but close! I think it's just the teachers/administrators that don't want to have to deal with it more than being worried about the kids. Because as soon as the kids find out that they are free for the day, they are outside playing in the snow!
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2007, 09:13 AM
7,101 posts, read 21,400,350 times
Reputation: 7080
The problems aren't with the schools. It's using the school buses. Any where there is a large fleet of buses that have to travel many miles on icy roads with limited visibility will usually close. You can't very well close just those schools and make the others, where the kids walk to school, stay open.

Close the schools and everyone will make up the days at the end of the year. We close ours when there is even just a hint of the possibility of ice or snow. We'll do the same when there's a hurricane in the area. School buses aren't the safest vehicle on the planet.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2007, 09:53 AM
7,101 posts, read 21,400,350 times
Reputation: 7080
I forgot to point out that equiping the buses with snow tires and chains for just a few days of snow just doesn't make much sense moneywise.

And frankly, our drivers have so many accidents that you wonder if they have sense enough to find the steering wheel and brake pedal. I would hate to test them on a frozen surface.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-25-2007, 12:17 PM
Location: Perth, Western Australia
9,598 posts, read 20,007,694 times
Reputation: 3393
No amount of snow can close our schools!

(partly because where I live, we never get more than 2 feet of snow in 24 hrs, so the roads never need to close)

Sometimes when the snow is too deep and slippery it stops busses from running so some schools might close, but I live in the city, barely close enough that almost no one gets bussed to school.

We practically never get snow days, yet every year we get at least one snowfall of 10". (our average is about 50" annually) We do get late starting days; pretty much you show up as soon as you can and if that's an hour-and-a-half late, so be it.
Quick reply to this message
Old 08-27-2007, 11:38 AM
Location: Utah
4,847 posts, read 12,168,157 times
Reputation: 4591
I'd say about 10 inches, but only if the snow if falling rapidly and the snow plows can't keep up. I'm in Utah.
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Over $99,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Weather

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2016, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top