questionsever had a work snow day?

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Here in upstate NY, I've had 2 days shortened due to extreme storms, but never scored a whole day off.

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Yay! Were back talking on deals.woot!

We had a snow storm in Colorado 4 years ago, weather was promising at least 4 feet. Almost all companies closed there doors when it started coming down, not mine, they made all of Uss with 4 wheel drive stay till close time. I was working at Honeywell at the time. Happy to say I now work for my little kids and deals.woot.

Enjoy the storm! Seattle really is beautiful, the second place I would want to live :-)

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Oh yeah! And this really happened,here's my video of one of our famous co tornadoes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzuj3wTe6f8&feature=related

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@mommyleah: Wow that's pretty terrifying. Growing up, tornadoes were kind of a mythical storm that happened in lands far far away, like hurricanes. We could handle intense thunder/lightning storms and the worst snow storms, but people would be hella panicked if a tornado ever actually happened.

Glad to say I'm enjoying the rare Seattle snow from my apartment. Lucky for me I have a grocery store right next door (I haven't been shopping in a week :D). So bring it on! I'm makin' pancakes and watchin' the woot off all day!

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I could have multiple times... But I'm a guy with a 4x4 truck and some snow won't stop me! The only vehicles that pulled in (to work) were trucks those days.

However, I did have to dig my way though a 5ft snow drift to even get into my truck.

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Not in the sense where work was cancelled outright, but I've had days where we were told to take our laptops home and work from home if we were uncomfortable with the road conditions in the morning.

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Had a snow day from work last February. We got about 12 inches of snow overnight so they called it off. Spent the day snow-blowing and playing in the snow with my wife and daughter.

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nope. Used to work in Philly and we had a nasty blizzard , shoveled out and got into work about two hours late. Came back and found my dug out spot was filled w/ a car from Jersey.

Needless to say he lost his side view mirror.

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I live in the desert southwest and our infrastructure is not built to withstand heavy precipitation. Several years ago we had catastrophic flooding and City Hall sent all "non-essential" personnel home all week to do what they could to protect their homes and belongings. Just about everyone in the city suffered some sort of water damage and about 200 homes and a half dozen businesses were completely destroyed. Last winter we had a severe freeze, not a lot of snow but more than 72 hours below freezing. The electric turbines froze up and we started having rolling blackouts. When the rolling blackout hit the water stations, the water pumps also froze up. Once they got the pumps running they said the water couldn't be used for drinking, cooking or bathing for three days till they refilled the tanks (didn't consider the dredges at the bottom potable). So we had rolling blackouts for three days and no water for about five. I'd just as soon be at work. But a simple snow day is fun.

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Here in TX we don't often get snow storms - but usually once a year about Feb we will receive an inch of snow or maybe two. The problem is we don't have the means (plows, salt trucks, etc) to handle the slightest bit of ice on the roads.

So just about once a year everyyear everything will shutdown. I am usually one of the only people who trudge there way into the office.

So far this year it's been 50-70, not even a hint of snow or ice on the radar.

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I had an 'Ice Storm' day from work, once. A few years ago we had a really bad ice storm, and something like 80% of the city lost power. The weight of the ice was too much for the power lines and trees. At home, we didn't have power for 2 weeks. The day after all the power had been lost, I didn't have to work. It wasn't exactly enjoyable, though, with no power at home. No power meant no heat.

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I'm watching the snow fall out back and loving it! :D We've got quite a bit here in Bellevue and more falling.

Back home in AL schools and businesses regularly closed at the anticipation of pretty much any amount of snow. Closings for severe weather (tornadoes) also happened (maybe once or twice a year), although the frequency of that has seemed to increase dramatically since I was a kid--owing to better prediction I suppose and the fallout from so many terrible storms that have happened recently.

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Last year during the NYC plowing disaster it was not possible to get to the office. My block had not seen a plow and had 2 feet of snow in the street. They then tried to plow the block and the plow got stuck in the middle. 24 hours later they brought in construction equipment to dig the block out. Because of this I called into the office saying it was not possible to get in. I was told by an employee who lives blocks from the office and walked that it would not be possible to get near the office since the surrounding blocks had not been plowed and had about 1 foot of snow and cars stuck blocking every intersection. Because of this I was told to stay home. I worked remotely for a couple of hours but also just dug out my house. Not a full snow day since I had some time sensitive work that needed to be done but a partial at least.

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@raider9924: I remember hearing about that whole disaster. Ambulances stuck in the snow, people couldn't get to hospitals. What a mess. Funny how unprepared big cities can be, even one that ought to know better in the northeast.

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@meh3884: It was just horrible management. Most major storms they have plows out running during the entire storm. Every hour or so a plow will go down the center of the block (not into the curbs) and keep streets relatively clear. During that storm the city somehow decided that it would be better to wait till it stopped snowing and then just have to plow once. Well that would have been fine for 4-6 inches where streets are still passable, tho difficult in small cars. With 18-24 inches small to mid SUV's were getting stuck.

Any ambulance that tried to turn off the main roads to go down a side street ended up getting stuck. EMS workers ended up parking a block or 2 away and carrying the patients to the ambulance because driving to their front door was not possible. Adding to the joke was they did not stop running buses so most major roads had stranded buses along the route that were unable to be towed due to the amount of snow. Total planning failure all around.

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Nope, never. A few years ago we had a 24" snowstorm on top of what had already fallen. Five days later we had a 36" snowstorm, it was life as usual, work work.

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Our office has closed for snow several times while I've worked here.

But since I've started working remotely a few days a week, it doesn't mean so much to me. I still log in and work.

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I had one this year actually! Albuquerque doesn't deal with snow well... Our worst was around 2006, and I scored 2 whole days that time around.

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Yes, I worked at a college in Chicago so we would get the occasional snow day. The best, though, was when we got sent home early because of underground flooding. They pretty much evacuated the whole downtown area, which was so surreal.

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Had a snow-half-week in Atlanta this time last year. Missed 3 days. Was kinda nice.

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I guess you never worked retail on the east coast

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@mkentosh: I worked 5 retail jobs on the east coast. Mi madre has been in retail her whole life. Hahaha, in fact, I remember her getting reprimanded once for having to call in because her car got stuck in the snow half way down the street. Retail is awesome.

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I got snowed INTO work once. Stayed the night, then, the next day, no one else could come to work. All work that day was cancelled.

So I guess, 2nd hand story, THEY had work cancelled for a snow day!

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New Orleans, so never.

I have had a few hurricane days, however.

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few and far between here in the Buffalo, NY area but yes I have had a few snow days for the companies I work(ed) for. All were manufacturing of some kind.

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By the way, there is little to no prediction on exactly when or where a tornado occurs. So no business would close down due to a tornado. Unless of course the building is damaged.

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have had the office closed, but as I remote a lot, I still had to work from home.

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i worked retail box store. they never closed. everyone was expected to be there everyday. however i got to hear a few stories. the lady from chicago that was in southern illinois for college complaining about "everything closing anytime it snows". we got to explain the mountain side on one side of the road and nothing on the other side to her, so driving isn't just bounce off the curbs.
when i moved to central illinois it's more ice than else as an issue and that same chain box store has been with no employees several times in the last few years. it's amazed me that those same people that can't make it to work because of the weather can still make it to walmart to buy chicken.

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I've gotten snow days, usually 1 a year but I'm a bit different working in a school and all.

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I didn't go into work today because of snow, does that count?

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There are no snow days working in health care even with the 11" we got in Island county the last 24hr.

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We had our first company snow day last year (we've been around for 5+ years). Suburbs of Chicago-ish, where we don't flinch for a bit of snow & ice. We already had the standard couple inches of snow on the ground that generally stays throughout winter. it warmed up just enough to melt things a bit, and then the temp dropped severely, freezing all that melted snow, covering our whole world with ice. Right after that we got 10-16" of snow, depending on location and an INSANE amount of wind, from a direction it doesn't normally come from. We live/work in a pretty rural area, across the street from a small airport, so there's nothing to stop the wind at all. It ended up snowing IN my living room, thanks to that wind and the developer giving us cheap sliding glass doors. I was quite grateful for the snow day off so we could spend the day constantly getting rid of the snow coming in. It was awful.

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@nafsllib: Yes and no. A friend of mine managed a take-out pizza store in the Dallas area. It was tornado season, there had been a watch all day, which was upgraded to a warning, with a "stay home" type advisory. The winds had picked up quite a lot, and my friend decided it was not safe for his drivers. He sent the drivers home but kept the kitchen staff on for people who wanted to brave the weather to pick up pizza. One of his employees was very pregnant, she'd called for her husband to come get her but before he got there the tornado came. They had some warning, the lead colored sky, the telltale train noise. They were scared because the front of the building was all glass. and someone suggested they go into the walk -in freezer. They weathered the tornado in there, and came out to find the windows shattered and the store devastated. My friend had a pizza pan lodged in his truck's hood. So his drivers could say they'd had a tornado day.

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i work at a hospital as an xray tech, so rain or ice or snow or sleet i am expected to arrive for my shift

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yes...but I teach lol so im not sure if its a surprise

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I do my snow dance when snow is due, I work for a school district, and I am not on the essential employee list so I look forward to them, since I am not teaching staff, and I work year round already, I don't even have to worry about what happens if we exceed the 5 allotted calamity days

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At the current job we had one, last winter when we got about 24 inches of snow in a 12 hour period with major winds causing HUGE drifts that plows couldn't even touch. I still have a picture of my garage door completely covered with snow.

I DID get stuck coming into work one day when there was tornados touching down in the area because my ex-boss was a douchehammer. Her thought was if it's not right on top of us, we should be good to go. Problem with that was at the time I was the F&B manager for the theatre - NOT ONE SINGLE SOUL came in all day. And it's EXPENSIVE to run a theatre even for a day.

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Never had a snow work day.. but did have a hurricane week off work =D (Thank you Hurricane Katrina) :SARCASM: