As usual River City missed the worst of it. The ice stayed to the south and the heavy snow stayed to north. Nevertheless, Grand Rapids public schools shut down for the day. That makes for a nice three-day weekend for the teachers while raising havoc with the work schedule of parents who unexpectedly have kids to watch.
Now I hesitate to put it this way, but ... when I was a kid, the Grand Rapids public schools NEVER shut down for snow. Yes, there was that blizzard in the late '70s -- and it was a real blizzard, not this "winter storm warning" nonsense that the National Weather Service puts out every time the skies threaten to drop a few inches of the white stuff upon us -- and the schools, like everything else, closed for a few days. (And that turned out to be an opportunity to fatten my wallet when I teamed up with a buddy of mine to shovel snow off the roofs of houses in the neighborhood.) Then there was an ice storm now and then, but during the fourteen years I attended Grand Rapids public schools, from Headstart to graduation, I don't remember getting to stay home and play in the snow more than four or five times.
Well, if today's weather is the new standard for closing the schools, we better dig in for a long winter with the little darlings at home.