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We Wear Chains

January 10, 2011

Today we were expecting 3 to 6 inches of snow in the city and more in the outlying areas, around 6 to eight inches. We ended up getting a dusting and nothing stuck. In my opinion this is a typical weather forecast for the northeast come winter time, in that they’re typically wrong. We usually get 10 inches when they call for a dusting and a dusting when they call for ten inches. But that’s another blog and I want to focus on the difference between school closings in the city and school closings just outside the city.

My friend is a teacher in Westchester County and I’m sure he stayed up late last night wondering how much snow accumulation they were anticipating and hoping for a day off. Well, he told me they called him at 5:30 this morning to close school in anticipation of the pending storm. At 5:30 this morning, there was no precipitation, no snow on the ground to begin an immediate accumulation, the roads were dry and it was not cold enough to turn any precipitation into ice. Yet they still called off school and I’m sure their excuse will be “for the safety of the school children riding the busses.”

I grew up in the Foothills of the Adirondacks and rode a bus to school. We didn’t have the opportunity to pray for snow days because our busses had chains on them and our snow plows were about as large as my house. When we did get a snow day, it was typically due to an ice storm, but not snow. We knew when the snow was coming because we could smell it, literally. All that meant was to gas up the snowmobile, wax your skis and be prepared for a snow ball fight like James Bond is avoiding being assassinated at any given moment.

Here at Gunwel we put chains on our tires during tax season to make sure we are here for you. We pride ourselves on being here and prepared to help you during tax time. We stay late (8 PM starting January 15th) and six days a week (Saturday hours are 8 AM to 5 PM) to make sure you have every possible opportunity to come in and meet with our team.  Let GAI (http://www.gunwel.com/) help you with your financial strategies. Call us today at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit and share your storm stories with us.

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