I grew up in Ithaca, N.Y. and we simply called it "winter". Snow was up to the roof sometimes, then we couldn't go to school because the buses couldn't get through the roads which were literally plugged with snow. Now, schools close when the sky turns gray and it may snow an inch. Colorado is not my favorite state but school seldom closes there, and they do get blizzards! Real blizzards! Are people in Dutchess County aware that if they put real snow tires on their cars, they will probably at least get out of their driveways and most likely make it to work?!
If the weather did what it was forecasted to do, and God- forbid, someone did due on the roads, people would be asking why they were on the roads...hindsight is always 20/20....better safe than sorry, better safe than dead.
I've noticed the "speak up" page has gradually become the "vent" or "complain" page.
I did not go to work due to the travel ban, neither did my husband. The economic impact of gov't officials closing roads over 6 to 10 inches of snow is huge. This is New York, not a southern state, let the people carry on without grounding them.