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This Map Explains Just How Much Snow It Would Take to Shut Down the Schools in Your State


Ice and snow.

As the South continues to recover from the crippling effects of an ice storm that caught them off guard Tuesday, we thought it’d be interesting to take a look at how schools across the nation respond to snowy conditions.

The following map by Redditor atrubetskoy is based on three factors: Local weather reports, a national weather survey, and nationwide average snowfall levels according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Taken together, these three factors were used by atrubetskoy “to make an approximation of the differing levels of snow it takes to call off school,” i09 explains.

Now, although a vast amount of data went into making the map, it’s not 100 percent accurate, the Redditor notes.

“Still it's a fascinating overview of the different kinds of weather people view as ‘normal’ across the country,” i09 adds. “As you can see, the entire state of Alaska often refuses to even consider not getting out of bed for anything under two feet, while in the very edge of the southern lower 48 (where the snow is much sparser) any snow at all can cancel school.”

Image source: Reddit.

An important note from i09 to consider: "Of course, there's going to be a lot of variation within areas and across days, not to mention winter closings that have much more to do with the dangerous levels of cold we've been experiencing than the snow.”

Still, based on your own personal experiences, are the map’s claims more or less accurate?


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