When Cherry Hill had 24 inches of snow over the weekend of December 19-20, 2009, the road crews were out in full force plowing and getting all of the major roads in the area cleared for travel. They did an excellent job given how much snow fell in the area.
On the following Monday, the 21st schools were closed even though all of the roads seemed clear. How can this be? All of the major roads were clear and it was not that hard to get around town. Was is because all of the school parking lots were ont fully cleared? I saw a 15 foot pile of snow just in front of Cherry Hill East.
Well, it turns out that this issue in this case was the fact that the secondary roads in the housing developments wre not cleared sufficiently to allow the school buses to navigate the local roads to pick up their students. Many school bus stops and back streets were still blocked due to the large snowfall. So, when you are wondering why you have you kids at home sometimes when it looks to you to be ridiculous, think of our school bus drivers who have to navigate around the narrow streets to get your kids safely to and from school.
BTW – the kids just lost Feb 15th (Monday) of Presidents weekend due to the snow day.