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(KHOU Houston)   A story about two brothers who just moved to Texas from Southern California and are hoping to experience their first ever school cancellation because of bad weather. "I want to sleep in definitely"   (khou.com) divider line 62
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2014-01-24 07:00:19 AM  
What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?
 
2014-01-24 07:06:23 AM  
If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.
 
2014-01-24 07:13:04 AM  
Texas sucks the smarts out of everyone.
 
2014-01-24 07:23:19 AM  
Hoping and praying for a snow day was definitely a part of my childhood.  It's hard for me to imagine growing up without seeing snow.
 
2014-01-24 07:26:03 AM  

black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.


In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.
 
2014-01-24 07:27:44 AM  
This is news why?
 
2014-01-24 07:28:08 AM  

State_College_Arsonist: Hoping and praying for a snow day was definitely a part of my childhood.  It's hard for me to imagine growing up without seeing snow.


Likewise. It's ironic, because now I want snow to go away forever. It looks pretty, but driving in it (or rather, dealing with people who forget how to drive in it) is a nightmare.
 
2014-01-24 07:33:55 AM  
"We may not be the best prepared for it.  It was nice to know the school district was."

How?  They did nothing, and surrendered.  France did that, you don't want a school district going full France.

It takes being in the heart of the Polar Vortex for our schools to close.  Only a few days, their open today.
 
2014-01-24 07:37:20 AM  

lack of warmth: "We may not be the best prepared for it.  It was nice to know the school district was."

How?  They did nothing, and surrendered.  France did that, you don't want a school district going full France.

It takes being in the heart of the Polar Vortex for our schools to close.  Only a few days, their open today.


Such a shame a Polar Vortex struck and closed school the day they were supposed to teach there/they're/their, huh?
 
2014-01-24 07:39:52 AM  
I remember growing up in Falls Church VA. We had snow weeks off on occasion. We could jump off the roof into some of the drifts and some of the older kids would tow old tires behind their trucks. It really made taking a tour of downtown D.C, something to forward to. I only cracked a bone once. In front of
Loehmann's Plaza. Then I went and I got a slice of pizza and went to the hospital. Good times...
 
2014-01-24 07:41:54 AM  
Was that really a for real news article?  Damn.  That's retarded.
 
2014-01-24 07:45:19 AM  
I really tried to out-tard it with my sentimental post but I don't think that it adds up. It's retarded but it's not retarded in the same way... You see what I mean?
 
2014-01-24 07:45:49 AM  

Kyoki: This is news why?


Global Warming.
 
2014-01-24 07:46:18 AM  

Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?


1/8 inch of snow that burns off by noon. And I'm guessing even a mention of the possibility probably causes a run on grocery stores
 
2014-01-24 07:47:34 AM  
"I want to sleep in definitely"

I read that as "indefinitely", and thought man, there's no need to wish for the sweet release of death just because of bad weather...
 
2014-01-24 07:48:27 AM  
Sleep indefinitely?  Isn't that called being dead?
 
2014-01-24 07:49:49 AM  
Reporter who typed that up obviously missed school due to some bad weather days - it's "in, definitely", you moron, not "in definitely", unless the bed, the house or the town is named "definitely".  Or maybe the kids want to sleep forever, as in "indefinitely".  Which is it, idiot?

I'd definitely like to slap the lazy-ass reporter indefinitely.

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2014-01-24 07:50:59 AM  
Yeah, they need to move to the DC area. The VA side. MD isn't as wimpy and makes their kids go to school sooner than VA. Fredericksburg, VA got 2 inches of snow Tuesday and schools have been closed all week. Due to the MLK holiday, kids there will now have a 9-day weekend.
 
2014-01-24 07:51:15 AM  
is it just me, or does the kid on the left (without the glasses) look like this guy:


i.imgur.com

/can't wait for season 2!
 
2014-01-24 07:53:32 AM  

namegoeshere: black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.

In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.


My wife teaches in Georgia and that's how they do it. One county had closed all the schools a couple weeks ago for 2 days because it was cold. The one she teaches for didn't and the superintendent got a lot of flack and hate mail because of it.
 
2014-01-24 07:53:55 AM  
m1ke:

Global Warming.

I thought it was climate change now?
 
2014-01-24 07:56:20 AM  

Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?


Ice. It rains all the damn time in Houston (except the evil and heinous year of 2010), so when it freezes, things frequently ice over.

In 1900 Galveston Bay froze over, but nobody has any idea how often that kind of thing happens.
 
2014-01-24 08:11:14 AM  

RobSeace: "I want to sleep in definitely"

I read that as "indefinitely", and thought man, there's no need to wish for the sweet release of death just because of bad weather...


people just act that way in seattle. pay it no mind.
 
2014-01-24 08:11:42 AM  

YixilTesiphon: Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?

Ice. It rains all the damn time in Houston (except the evil and heinous year of 2010), so when it freezes, things frequently ice over.

In 1900 Galveston Bay froze over, but nobody has any idea how often that kind of thing happens.


This.  Not sure about Houston, but Austin is covered in ice right now.
 
2014-01-24 08:11:43 AM  
First ever?  What kind of weird conservative school did they go to?  Last I remember, SoCal schools closed for rain.
 
2014-01-24 08:16:30 AM  

serial_crusher: YixilTesiphon: Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?

Ice. It rains all the damn time in Houston (except the evil and heinous year of 2010), so when it freezes, things frequently ice over.

In 1900 Galveston Bay froze over, but nobody has any idea how often that kind of thing happens.

This.  Not sure about Houston, but Austin is covered in ice right now.


Don't drive, then, please. Driving in Austin is difficult enough when there's traction.
 
2014-01-24 08:18:32 AM  

namegoeshere: black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.

In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.


Where I currently live, the local schools will shorten spring break and then eventually start having Saturday classes to make up the difference. They're closed today because it's -3 at the moment. No additional snow last night or forecast for today. Needless to say, there are a lot of cancelled classes and I think even the students start dreading too many days off.
 
2014-01-24 08:20:23 AM  

YixilTesiphon: serial_crusher: YixilTesiphon: Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?

Ice. It rains all the damn time in Houston (except the evil and heinous year of 2010), so when it freezes, things frequently ice over.

In 1900 Galveston Bay froze over, but nobody has any idea how often that kind of thing happens.

This.  Not sure about Houston, but Austin is covered in ice right now.

Don't drive, then, please. Driving in Austin is difficult enough when there's traction.


no shiat.  I went out a couple years ago when the "big snow storm" came through.  I think we had like 1/4 inch?  The roads had less snow on them than they did in WV after being plowed.  I was all, "oh man, why's everybody freaking out about this?"

Then I saw first hand how many people weren't freaking out about it that maybe should have been.  Driving in the snow is easy.  Dodging idiots is hard.
 
2014-01-24 08:20:33 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: namegoeshere: black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.

In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.

My wife teaches in Georgia and that's how they do it. One county had closed all the schools a couple weeks ago for 2 days because it was cold. The one she teaches for didn't and the superintendent got a lot of flack and hate mail because of it.


I'm in Georgia. Some schools are delayed a couple hours due to cold. I don't remember getting out of school because it was too cold.
 
2014-01-24 08:38:55 AM  
wagons east my pissed off californians...
 
2014-01-24 08:39:41 AM  
Willingly...?

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2014-01-24 08:45:57 AM  
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This was posted by KSAT in San Antonio this morning.  People at  I-410 and US 281 abandoned their cars on an icy flyover.  My question... where did they go?

I wouldn't want to be on that stacked interchange with ice and no salt.  And lets face it - if they salted the roads, San Antonians would be trying to dress Corona bottles and Margarita glasses.
 
2014-01-24 08:47:20 AM  
Anyone know what the over/under is for car accidents in San Antonio today? I'm betting 500.
 
2014-01-24 08:47:23 AM  
My brother just finished his commute to work in Houston.  Says just bridges were icy but no traffic.  Guess everyone stayed home...
 
2014-01-24 08:52:50 AM  

KingKauff: Unoriginal_Username: namegoeshere: black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.

In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.

My wife teaches in Georgia and that's how they do it. One county had closed all the schools a couple weeks ago for 2 days because it was cold. The one she teaches for didn't and the superintendent got a lot of flack and hate mail because of it.

I'm in Georgia. Some schools are delayed a couple hours due to cold. I don't remember getting out of school because it was too cold.


Bibb county closed completely. One reason I heard was because they were afraid of ice, yet no rain. Then I heard that the buses would be a problem because 'diesel buses don't do well in cold'.
My wife works in Houston county so they didn't get shut down. There were people mad at the local tv station because of it.
 
2014-01-24 08:57:30 AM  
Have relatives right outside of Houston so I just checked the weather there - and the school closings. The kids got their wish!

/bored on the interwebs in frozen Pgh
 
2014-01-24 09:01:14 AM  

YixilTesiphon: Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?

Ice. It rains all the damn time in Houston (except the evil and heinous year of 2010), so when it freezes, things frequently ice over.

In 1900 Galveston Bay froze over, but nobody has any idea how often that kind of thing happens.


Also, if you're poor and live in Houston, you probably don't own a coat suitable for freezing temperatures. Houston Independent School District doesn't provide buses for kids less than 1 mile from their high school.
 
2014-01-24 09:07:01 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: KingKauff: Unoriginal_Username: namegoeshere: black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.

In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.

My wife teaches in Georgia and that's how they do it. One county had closed all the schools a couple weeks ago for 2 days because it was cold. The one she teaches for didn't and the superintendent got a lot of flack and hate mail because of it.

I'm in Georgia. Some schools are delayed a couple hours due to cold. I don't remember getting out of school because it was too cold.

Bibb county closed completely. One reason I heard was because they were afraid of ice, yet no rain. Then I heard that the buses would be a problem because 'diesel buses don't do well in cold'.
My wife works in Houston county so they didn't get shut down. There were people mad at the local tv station because of it.


ok, that's pretty funny.
-13 F here right now, with a windchill of -26.  School buses everywhere ( the diesel kind) and not a school closure in sight. Granted, it's probably an indoor recess day, but that's the only concession to the temp.
 
2014-01-24 09:14:49 AM  
Look here kids.. This is Texas, there is no "I hope school/work" is canceled today. You get out and give 110% every day or you get the fark out of my state.
 
2014-01-24 09:15:43 AM  
Diesels don't do well starting in the cold... I'm sure up there they have block heaters to get the fuel up to temp.

Joint Base San Antonio has delayed reporting for work until 10 AM.  This is probably why we never invaded Russia.
 
2014-01-24 09:19:43 AM  
My kids' school has been closed all week.  MLK on Monday, snow Mon. night so no school on Tues, roads still a mess on Wed (rural hilly area, don't want the buses out on icy roads), too cold on Thursday when it was 3 degrees F.  So here we are on Friday & they have school.... even though it is -5 degrees out right now.  If they're going to have school today why couldn't I have gotten rid of them yesterday as well?
 
2014-01-24 09:35:20 AM  

Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?


34 degrees and freezing rain. Here is what came from my work. I'm a consultant in the area. I live in Dayton, Ohio (where currently there is about 6 in of snow and its like 5 degrees)

ok...34 dgrees and freezing rain...


Many of you have asked about the weather event occurring tonight and tomorrow and what steps we might be taking to address it---------  is convening the emergency preparedness team at 4:00 p.m. today to discuss -----'s approach to the situation.  Please monitor your e-mails for an update from me (and likely from the ------ Broadcast Account) following that meeting.  Teams that have on-site operational responsibilities should be discussing how they might cover their services.  It is also likely that teams that can work remotely will be asked to do so for a portion of the day tomorrow.  Thanks...

UPDATE:

A ----- broadcast will follow later this evening.  For teams that provide on-site support, skeleton coverage will be expected.  On-site staff working overnight may be asked to work overtime to cover services until day shift staff can safely arrive and relieve them.  All other IS staff should work with their immediate supervisor to confirm exact expectations but, in general, most staff should plan to work remotely until at least 10:00 a.m.


Just for additional information, System essential staff are expected to be on-site at the start of their normal shift if they can safely arrive to work.  ----- s will still open at 8:00 a.m. with a skeleton crew even though many patients will likely cancel their appointments.  The night shift staff will extend coverage until staff arrive to relieve them.  The ___ will delay the start of activities until 10:00 a.m.


  Monitor your e-mail and the web site for additional information.  If conditions are worse than expected the start time for normal work activities may b....*rolleyes*


 ...
 
2014-01-24 09:37:19 AM  
My driveway in Austin has ice patches, but the surface roads look fairly clear. Pretty minor ice this time.

It started forming at rush hour last night in the suburbs. Lots of crashes.
 
2014-01-24 09:40:32 AM  
In Austin. School is closed, work is closed. Getting a kick.

Woke up and it's the weekend, baby!
 
2014-01-24 09:42:06 AM  

tommyl66: lack of warmth: "We may not be the best prepared for it.  It was nice to know the school district was."

How?  They did nothing, and surrendered.  France did that, you don't want a school district going full France.

It takes being in the heart of the Polar Vortex for our schools to close.  Only a few days, their open today.

Such a shame a Polar Vortex struck and closed school the day they were supposed to teach there/they're/their, huh?


stop being a dick, ya dick.
 
2014-01-24 09:51:12 AM  

abhorrent1: Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?

1/8 inch of snow that burns off by noon. And I'm guessing even a mention of the possibility probably causes a run on grocery stores


You don't understand. I grew up in CO. I was ice racing Jeeps on the lake in Georgetown before I had a driver's license. Had a '67 mustang, and I could keep it on the road just fine in snowfall in Colorado.

Now I live in Austin and have learned what closes schools around here. I drove in to work today, with AWD, approaching a 7% descent at 10mph, and was barely able to keep the vehicle pointed down the road. I'm extremely comfortable driving on the ice, racing bicycles and winning in a rainy criterium, etc., and I'll say the ice that hits the roads in TX is FARKED UP.

Freezing rain is particularly bad, as the drops come down as water, and freeze on impact, so it's a very lumpy kind of ice, minimizing any contact patch your tires or shoes have. This morning, our driveway was 100% un-walkable without crampons. Not. Possible. Luckily, we have a breezeway to the garage.
 
2014-01-24 09:52:10 AM  

olapbill: Unoriginal_Username: KingKauff: Unoriginal_Username: namegoeshere: black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.

In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.

My wife teaches in Georgia and that's how they do it. One county had closed all the schools a couple weeks ago for 2 days because it was cold. The one she teaches for didn't and the superintendent got a lot of flack and hate mail because of it.

I'm in Georgia. Some schools are delayed a couple hours due to cold. I don't remember getting out of school because it was too cold.

Bibb county closed completely. One reason I heard was because they were afraid of ice, yet no rain. Then I heard that the buses would be a problem because 'diesel buses don't do well in cold'.
My wife works in Houston county so they didn't get shut down. There were people mad at the local tv station because of it.

ok, that's pretty funny.
-13 F here right now, with a windchill of -26.  School buses everywhere ( the diesel kind) and not a school closure in sight. Granted, it's probably an indoor recess day, but that's the only concession to the temp.


One comment my wife heard from a parent was 'my child can get frostbite in 45 minutes'. Now, the temp was around 14F here. Of course, she did see some kids show up to school in light coats and shorts. Mainly because parents were still asleep/passed out and the kids got themselves ready for school.

Got around 19F here today, nice and brisk. No rain/ice though so I'm at work.
 
2014-01-24 11:01:27 AM  
This is stupid.

The last ice-storm we had in DFW truly did make driving all but impossible--I lost $1,000 in wages that weekend. I managed to make the 4 block commute, but only after getting stuck 4 times, and could barely get into my parking lot. This, this is just pathetic.

/Yankee living in Texas--learn to drive in/on the ice.
//If it is too dangerous (like 5 weeks ago) stay home.
 
2014-01-24 11:27:29 AM  

waterrockets: abhorrent1: Ennuipoet: What causes a Winter Weather cancellation in Houston?  Will there need to be an actual snow flurry or will just the forecast be sufficient?

1/8 inch of snow that burns off by noon. And I'm guessing even a mention of the possibility probably causes a run on grocery stores

You don't understand. I grew up in CO. I was ice racing Jeeps on the lake in Georgetown before I had a driver's license. Had a '67 mustang, and I could keep it on the road just fine in snowfall in Colorado.

Now I live in Austin and have learned what closes schools around here. I drove in to work today, with AWD, approaching a 7% descent at 10mph, and was barely able to keep the vehicle pointed down the road. I'm extremely comfortable driving on the ice, racing bicycles and winning in a rainy criterium, etc., and I'll say the ice that hits the roads in TX is FARKED UP.

Freezing rain is particularly bad, as the drops come down as water, and freeze on impact, so it's a very lumpy kind of ice, minimizing any contact patch your tires or shoes have. This morning, our driveway was 100% un-walkable without crampons. Not. Possible. Luckily, we have a breezeway to the garage.



This.  It turns into a solid layer of stubborn, clear glaze.  Think black ice, coating a whole bridge.
 
2014-01-24 11:29:31 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: KingKauff: Unoriginal_Username: namegoeshere: black__hippie: If i recall correctly, the school just adds on another school day to make up for lost time.

In places where there is actual weather, there are 3 to 5 snow days built into the school calendar, like floating vacation days. If you use them up, there are a couple of "Superintendent days" that can be used. Difficulty: staff needs to be able to get there for those to count. Students can sleep in. If it's just a bastard of a winter, we have a week off in February that they can shorten or take away.

Nobody wants to go longer in June.

My wife teaches in Georgia and that's how they do it. One county had closed all the schools a couple weeks ago for 2 days because it was cold. The one she teaches for didn't and the superintendent got a lot of flack and hate mail because of it.

I'm in Georgia. Some schools are delayed a couple hours due to cold. I don't remember getting out of school because it was too cold.

Bibb county closed completely. One reason I heard was because they were afraid of ice, yet no rain. Then I heard that the buses would be a problem because 'diesel buses don't do well in cold'.
My wife works in Houston county so they didn't get shut down. There were people mad at the local tv station because of it.


The city schools near here close for cold (cold being -20F or below. Straight temp, not wind chill) because too many students get to school by city bus, which can be sketchy in winter and might lead to long waits outside.

My district has a lovely, heated bus garage, so our busses start right up every morning with no problem at all. We only close (for temp)  if it is really nut-freezing dangerous, like -25F with a wind chill of -45F. We will delay for a couple of hours however if it looks like the sun might show up and perk things up a bit.
 
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