Post # 1
So with this whole “polar vortex” thing going on, I thought it would be fun to see how different parts of the country (and the rest of the world) react to snowfall.
Tell me what “disasterous” snowfall (or cold) means in your neck of the woods, what the weather is like now, what’s the coldest or most snowfall you’ve ever seen, etc.
Feel free to share pictures!
I live in Pittsburgh so cold and snow is pretty routine here (although we’re all pretty sick of it by the time February rolls around).
We’ve had about 2-6 inches over the last few weeks and that’s pretty routine for us. Traffic may move a bit slow when it first falls, and schools may have 2 hour delays, but no biggie.
It’s been HELLA cold here though – colder than I can ever really remember. It’s been in the teens and single digits off and on over the last month or so, and our wind chills have been down to around -20 – YIKES!
It has to snow around 12″ + before the city, like, shuts down. The worst I’ve ever seen personally was in 1993 and 2010 when we got 3 feet of snow. In 2010, it came down within 24 hours. The city and surrounding suburbs were literally dead. People could barely leave their houses.
Here are some pics (ignore the date stamp – my camera was out of whack). And yes, that is my car buried in the last picture:
Post # 3
Where I am looks about the same, maybe a little less snow. It seems to take a lot to shut down Toronto – although peopel really like to freak out about the snow. I’ve yet to see it actually shut down – even with the ice storm which probably should have shut the city down.
Post # 4
In my city – Vancouver, BC – people will pretty much start freaking out at the first flake they see. I’d say we reach “shutting down the city” status at about 3 inches.
We’re a bunch of big babies. All the other Canadians make fun of us.
Although I’ll admit that there are some legit reasons for we Vancouverites being so incompetent in the snow. Since it snows infrequently here, the city doesn’t have a lot of snowplows and most people don’t have snow tires. On top of that, it’s an extremely hilly area and becuase the temp will usually hover close to the 0 mark we tend to have a lot of ice and really heavy, slippery snow.
I got winter tires for the first time a few years ago and I can’t even believe what a huge difference they make – not just for snow but for cold wet conditions as well. That said, even with my winter tires I’m worried that someone will plow into me on one of the many steep hills on my commute, so I usually try to take public transit in the snow.
ETA: I am assuming by “shut down” you mean that schools close and an inordinate amount of people are “working from home.” Not that the city actually shuts down in an official capacity.
Post # 5
@Stace126: Around here they start closing school, stores and restaurants somewhere around 6+ inches over a few hours. Where I grew up on Lake Erie, in NY state, would have to be well over a foot of snow because they actually have township plows and the drivers actually know how to effectively plow and salt. In the 26 years I lived up there school might close, but I’ve never seen a store or restaurant close early due to weather. Where I live now (25 miles west of Philly) every single time we get 6+ inches of snow or get freezing rain everything shuts up and I can’t get food to make dinner with. It’s so annoying.
ETA: We got 5 inches last week. The day after it finished snowing (so like more than 24 hours after it stopped snowing) I went to pay my parking ticket and the town courthouse was still closed. I was so confused.
Post # 6
I live in Virginia, just outside of the DC boundaries. This morning, all of the schools around us had a two hour delay for an inch of very powderly snow (I didn’t even need a shovel, just a broom). We’ve shut down over the threat of storms before.
I grew up in New England where it took a couple feet to get people’s attention.
Post # 7
I live in Houston, TX and it takes the threat of reaching freezing temperatures to shut down our city. However, I understand shutting down when we have rain then freeze because there’s not much infrastructure to deal with de-icing and no one knows how to drive in freezing temps.
So yeah, we shut down last Friday and yesterday because of ice.
Post # 8
Any? But really, there would never be enough snowfall to shut down the city. We won’t get it. It snows maybe once a decade, and then it’s very light, and mostly like slush. It melts quickly. If we ever had any real snow, no one would be able to function. We freak out if we have to drive in the rain. Ah, desert life.
We had a light dusting of snow a year ago, and it was a blast. I guess schools did “shut down” in a way because there was no way we could contain the kids (or teachers). We were all out playing in it. It was awesome.
Post # 9
For us it’s less the amount of snow than the overall conditons. Like last week, we got about 25cm of snow, and they shut down my office and most businesses because it got crazy windy as well and the visibility was too poor, so the buses couldn’t run etc. Today we’re get 15cm which is about a half a foot and everything is just going on as normal.
Post # 10
@jadlnc: Then you need to move to 20 minutes south of Philly LOL Thats where I am, and with this last storm, we received about 15 inches. Stores will still open, public transportation was still running (albeit with delays) but still running, people still went to work. Schools were closed, some businesses closed, but mostly everything was up and running.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
upstate NY here. It’s a MIRACLE if we close school and businesses. It has to be at least 8″ at the exact right time- 3am-10am
Post # 12
Just the talk of snow or ice hear shuts down little old greenville SC!! We currently have about 1/2 inch of powdery snow with ice on roads!
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@cbgg: Interesting! that make sense, Vancouver is near Seattle right? They don’t get much snow, lots of rain and whatnot. … right? Hahhaa
Post # 14
I have never seen my city “shut down” because of snow. I live in AB, Canada. We have snow October – April (sometimes it even snows in May!).
Usually on the first snowfall of the year people forget how to drive so there’s always crashes and cars in ditches.
I once had to WALK to work in -40. So yeah, like unless they didn’t plow the roads on your street and the buses can’t make it and your car is buried, you’re expected to show up to work.
With that said, I would love to live in a city where a light dusting of snow causes pandemonium! I love warm weather.
Post # 15
At least a foot or more. We were -45 this week with the wind chill so school was canceled, but everything else was open. We get snow, ice, wind ,etc- it’s just how winter is here. I know ery few people that actually use snow tire, so to see people bring this up suprises me!
I also want to throw out that we do get hot here too. I have seen comments on people bashing the “North” for complaining when it gets hot. Our hot is so incredibly different, it is wet and humid, which is a huge health concern for people with heart and lung disease. But still most people don’t get too worked up until it is over 100 for many days.
Post # 16
Poland checking in! It’s only my second winter here, but I’m not really sure that we ever shut down – we’ve got a good foot now and it’s business as usual. I think it’s more about the weather conditions than the amount of snow on the ground 🙂