A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky, unbidden, and seems like a thing of wonder. -- Susan Orlean

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ginger and Ice, How Nice

Ice.

Such a devilishly little word. But its importance is so central to the decisions that Superintendents have to make tomorrow.

If the storm jogs a little right or a little left, the snow could turn to sleet. If you live at 900 feet or 1000 feet, that extra 100 feet of elevation can make a big difference.

You know what they say: Snow is snow but ice is ice. Ice is "in case of emergency." Ice is the x-factor. Ice is the bogeyman. You want a glimpse, but you really don't want to see the full creature in all his powers. You want just enough to coat the roads, but not so much that it's pulling down wires and knocking down trees.

If you want that snow day in a late winter storm, you need to be pulling for ice.

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