Newcomers to the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Cary) are often shocked to find that when we have snow, all most everyone has a snow day. The schools close, as do government offices, and other employees take the opportunity to work from home. So if you are planning a move to the Triangle or just moved here, I would like to give you a few pointers and answer a few questions as to what to expect in a Triangle snow day.
How often does it snow in the Triangle? Our winters are very unpredictable. Some winters we have a couple of snow storms and others we have no snow.
How soon will school be canceled in case of wintery weather? At times, just the forecast alone will be enough to cancel schools. In the past just a dusting of snow has shut down the entire city for a couple of days and stranded motorist. Since many roads are hilly and shady, the roads can actually be worse condition than they appear. The road conditions can also deteriorate rapidly. So school officials err on the side of caution when making decisions about school cancelation.
Why does everyone go to the store when bad weather is predicted? I am not sure if it is habit, excitement, or good disaster planning that sends all residents to the store upon first hearing of wintery weather forecast. But you better get there early if you need milk, bread, or beer. Those are the first items to sale out.
Do we need sleds, mittens, boots, and gloves? Most of our winter weather seems to come in January. By January the stores are now stocked and ready for Spring Break., so it is almost impossible to find boots, sleds, and gloves. If you are traveling out of town for a ski trip and will encounter more winter weather than just one possible event, then buy snow boots in November when they are in stores. Otherwise, just wrap store bags over your kids shoes and make do. The other items can be purchased ahead and kept for multiple uses. We were finally able to use sleds this year that were a gift over 3 years ago.
Does everyone really stay home when it snows? Check with your employer, but many companies shut down and employees work from home if we do have a few inches of snow.
Snow days are a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy time with your family. Hope you enjoy your NC Snow Day!