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29 January, 2014

Snow Days


  • The lightest green says “any snow” but also includes merely the prediction of snow. Also, this is snow accumulation over 24 hours/overnight.
  • In much of the Midwest and Great Plains, school closing often depends more on wind chill and temperature than on snow accumulation (“cold days”). Thus, this map may be misleading in those areas.
  • Many jurisdictions in California and other western states have significantly varied snowfall, depending on elevation. This makes it difficult to find an “average” number, or often makes it misleading.
  • Urban areas like Chicago and New York have more resources to clear snow and often need more to cause closings.
  • To everyone saying “I grew up in so-and-so and we never closed school,” policies have changed in the last 20 years to make closing a much more common occurrence. Just because schools stayed open back then doesn’t mean they do these days.
  • Hawaii does get snow! Just… not where people live.

See this map mentioned in:
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5 Comments on “Snow Days

Kyle R
10 January, 2017 at 9:40 pm

just this Saturday (01/07/16) by noon Charlotte NC got a dusting in the south of the city that roads were not effected but 30 miles to the north part of the county in the same district they got 3 inches. Kids were out of school Monday and Tuesday and are going back Wednesday.

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Mason
8 February, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Are you dumb? It does not take 24 inches to close the schools… not even 12 inches it only takes about 4-7 depending on timing… I live in the dark blue so your map is horrible. If anyone needs real amount email me masonhager75@gmail.com

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Sasha
8 February, 2017 at 10:19 pm

Hi Mason, keep in mind that the map was made by surveying people like you and is constantly improving. Where do you live? I can update the model.

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Anonymous
10 February, 2017 at 10:06 am

Why are you so mad Mason? He made this map for us that you can view for free. Great work Sasha!

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Sasha
10 February, 2017 at 9:54 pm

Haha, thanks.

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