It's true: Snowiest places are least likely to close schools

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Monday, February 3, 2014

We all probably sort of knew this already, but a new map seems to show quite clearly that it doesn't take much snow to close schools in the Southern U.S. — and that it takes a lot to close them in the Northern half of the nation.

Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy posted the map earlier this week, saying it's based on data "from hundreds of various points from user responses and interpolated using NOAA's average annual snowfall days map." The snowfall totals refer to what falls over a 24-hour period or overnight.

As The Atlantic says, the graphic is "sure to stoke" regional competition as Northerners note that it can take 2 feet or more to get officials to close their schools, while some parts of the South shut down when there's "any snow."

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