Since moving to Virginia one thing stands out more than any other...school closings. A strange thing to be at the top of the list, but I kid you not, one of the craziest differences between Pa and here. The counties around my area cancel, delay, and dismiss early according to whatever the weatherman or woman says. It's the craziest thing I've ever seen. (Well maybe not the craziest, I still say I saw a kangaroo on the side of the road in Lancaster.)
Back to the snow, here's the thing that gets me the most: the cancellations happen before anything even starts! Today for instance, we reported to have record snowfall this weekend so at 6pm tonight school was cancelled for tomorrow along with every school activity for the entire weekend. It has done nothing yet, nothing! It normally doesn't and mom's take the chance to take their school-age kids to places they don't normally get to during the week.
I love to plan, probably more than most, I keep 4 calendars. But, there is no longer the morning of the snow sitting in front of the TV in your pjs waiting until the last minute possible to get dressed in hopes that your school will pop up. So for me as a mom, the planning aspect is great. But for me remembering those mornings and still feeling that excitement and knowing my kids won't makes me sad.