No Snow day with 4-6 inches of Snow?

By: Andrew Switzer
By: Andrew Switzer

Usually 3-6 inches of snow is enough to cancel school on most days.  That was not the case today.  I was very impressed that most schools stayed open today despite the overnight snow storm that blanketed the area with 3-6 inches.  A lot of schools had a 2 hour delayed start, but they still had school.  However, this was not the case for Kansas City.  Almost every school in the Kansas City area was closed today.  The same storm hit them, but only dropped 2-4 inches.  Much less than we saw across most of NE Kansas.  So why did they close and we stayed open?  One answer lies with the timing of the snow.  The snow ended in Topeka about 3:30AM and before that in Manhattan and Concordia.  This gave road crews at least 3 hours to clear the streets after the snow finished and before the morning commute began.  When the folks that make the decision about weather to have school or not got out to check the situation, snow was not falling and the road crews had things under control.  However, in Kansas City, the snow fell until about 5:30 this morning and that extra two hours was all it took for the roads to be bad enough during the morning commute for school to be called off.  It just proves how important the timing of the storm is.  If we were still snowing at 6:00AM, most school in NE Kansas probably would have been off today.  Of course, another difference between us and Kansas City, is they have not had as many "snow days" as we have had this year.  That may have also been a reason why most of our schools are open today, but the KC school kids are all hitting the best sledding hills

What do you think about schools closing?  Should they have been off today?  Also, do you think the fact that we have already used several "snow days" this school year played a roll in the schools not closing today? 

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