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    It's still crazy cold here but not to the point that schools are closed or people can't get around. It's horrible to be outside for any length of time, I'll walk to the yoga studio but otherwise I'm driving or taking public transportation wherever else I have to go. It makes for some nice snuggle time in the evening though as we huddle under blankets together and hang out, with a fire going in the fireplace. I baked oatmeal cookies for everyone yesterday too, something that warms you from the inside out.

    It's supposed to get back up to 50 over the weekend. Crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    OK, I`m gonna be the jerk It is -2F here which is average for winter, but we have record breaking snowfall this winter. We have about 4 ft on the ground right now. DH had to shovel paths in the backyard so the kids dont get stuck

    I know it all has to do with what you are used to though. Hope everyone keeps safe and warm. My advice is to cultivate a friend with a wood stove so you can bunk in if the power goes out. Or alternately, get the whole family into one room (or bed) with lots of covers. Your body heat will do a good job keeping a small space warmish if its not too cold.
    Its definitely what you are used to because my boss and I are both from upstate NY...plenty cold and snowy usually. I moved to Maine, he moved to NC. Last Thursday and Friday I brought the kids down to the busstop in my car....it was -12 both days. Saturday morning i had to bring my son to basketball and it was -18 out.

    His 12 YO daughter had a 2 hour delay earlier this week because get this....it was going to be 22 DEGREES F at 8am! No precipiation of any sort...nothing. Just 'cold'

    Oh noes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    Its definitely what you are used to because my boss and I are both from upstate NY...plenty cold and snowy usually. I moved to Maine, he moved to NC. Last Thursday and Friday I brought the kids down to the busstop in my car....it was -12 both days. Saturday morning i had to bring my son to basketball and it was -18 out.

    His 12 YO daughter had a 2 hour delay earlier this week because get this....it was going to be 22 DEGREES F at 8am! No precipiation of any sort...nothing. Just 'cold'

    Oh noes!
    It is that way here as well. All local schools were off Monday and Tuesday with a 2 hour delay Wednesday. No snow, just cold. Keep in mind though, if you lived in NY you would have a winter coat, hat, gloves, and perhaps snow pants. We have not had this cold of weather in many years and children do not have the proper clothing to wait outside for the bus. You could not even buy snow pants here. You would have to order them online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    It is that way here as well. All local schools were off Monday and Tuesday with a 2 hour delay Wednesday. No snow, just cold. Keep in mind though, if you lived in NY you would have a winter coat, hat, gloves, and perhaps snow pants. We have not had this cold of weather in many years and children do not have the proper clothing to wait outside for the bus. You could not even buy snow pants here. You would have to order them online.

    I think the snow pants are inconsequential because you don't need them to stand outside for the bust in 22 degree non snowy weather. Aside from that yes, i'm sure that the precautions taken are related to the fact that they worry some children might be ill equipped for colder weather.

    Mind you, i'm pretty certain I could improvise if needed to accommodate 22 degree temps if someone took away my kids heavy winter coats. And if i knew it was cold, i'd be sure to go out and buy a hat and gloves of some sort (I looked, you can get that stuff at Walmart), at least to hold my children over for the 15 minutes they stand outside.

    And there is also the fact that when I do feel its just too cold out, i don't make them wait outside. They wait in my car...and presumably my school district assumes that parents will take care of their kids because they didn't cancel school when it was -12.

    So to me, its just a different state of mind. Which is totally fine, people are definitely products of their environments. Its just amusing thats all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    So to me, its just a different state of mind. Which is totally fine, people are definitely products of their environments. Its just amusing thats all.
    Having grown up in Montana it is very amusing for me too living here in Texas and seeing how things totally close down with just the hint of snow. I think the coldest I have ever been in was about -40 and the wind chill was -75. Here it got down to 15 a couple nights earlier this week and it was close to setting record cold temps. The record was 11 in 1912 It does still feel cold when you aren't used to it, but in Montana we really didn't count it as cold unless it got below zero.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    Its definitely what you are used to because my boss and I are both from upstate NY...plenty cold and snowy usually. I moved to Maine, he moved to NC. Last Thursday and Friday I brought the kids down to the busstop in my car....it was -12 both days. Saturday morning i had to bring my son to basketball and it was -18 out.

    His 12 YO daughter had a 2 hour delay earlier this week because get this....it was going to be 22 DEGREES F at 8am! No precipiation of any sort...nothing. Just 'cold'

    Oh noes!
    Lol. I grew up on vancouver island, and they close schools for snow at least once a winter. Now I live up north, and they dont close schools for nothin! They have no bus days if it gets below -20 c or there is too much snow for the buses to run (they only bus rural kids), but they NEVER shut down the schools. I honestly think it is more of a 'what if a kid walked here in -50 and couldnt get in' than anything else. There comes a point where the cold is dangerous within a few minutes no matter what kind of gear you are wearing, so we need to keep those kids warm. The other morning my car wouldnt start despite my block heater being plugged in all night (it was that cold)...so I let the kids stay home, but school still went on for those who made it!
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    I grew up just outside of Toronto, and I'll have to check with my siblings, but I don't remember snow days being a common thing, or even really happening every year, and it got a LOT colder and snowier there than it does here just outside of NYC! On these cold days they don't make our kids wait outside, they go right into the building, which we were definitely not allowed to do. (That said, I'm glad they let everyone go in.)
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    Ugh the snow day thing. They just can't get it right this year. Its very frustrating!

    One day several weeks ago, there was some bad precipitation predicted for the AM but they didn't cancel school or do a delay. I brought the kids out to get the bus and the bus was over an hour late! There is a fairly rural road that runs through our town and there are some pretty bad hilly sections that they never seem to be able to plow well. It is also a common route for tractor trailors. I guess one of them jacknifed on a hill, causing an accident and they had to shut down the road for a while. Anyway, that accident was the cause of all the problems, and it was probably a good indicator that there should have been at least a delay for safety reasons!

    So then after that happened...the next day we were supposed to get LESS THAN AN INCH of snow in the afternoon....and because of this they sent kids home early. I'm pretty certain this was an ultra conservative decision based on criticism for not delaying the day before.

    There was another day recently that they had an hour delay and it was not enough...should have been a two hour delay for the buses.

    They did have an actual snow day this past monday because of the ice we were supposed to get in the morning, turning to rain/flooding in the afternoon as the temps climbed into the upper 40s. I guess that one was okay, but i do think they could have gone in for the second half of the day.

    Honestly, i'd really hate to be the superintendent that has to make these decisions. You are bound to piss people off no matter what you do.

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    It was finally up to 20 degrees today, and it felt so much warmer! Monday was really the worst of the days...it was stupid cold, plus the winds were howling, and we still have 18+ inches of snow on the ground. Tuesday was a bit better - still well below zero, but the sun came out and the wind wasn't howling anymore. Tomorrow it's supposed to rain all day, so now we have to worry about flooding. Good times in Chicagoland.
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    I'm sad....according to the forecast all our snow looks like it might melt away in the next few days!

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