Class, it's time for our daily lesson: how many annoying things can happen because of one single snow event? Don't worry that every school system from Asheville to the coast is probably closed today, you can play along and learn this lesson at home!
Due to continued icy road conditions on many of Durham’s secondary streets, solid waste collections are now delayed by two days for all customers. Customers are urged to go ahead and place their carts on the curb by 7 a.m. the day of their normal collection and leave their carts curbside until after collection crews come through. In addition, exempt garbage and recycling collections as well as bulky item and yard waste collections are cancelled for this week, and will resume next week, weather permitting.
Our next lesson for the day is brought to us by the number THREE. That's three, as in three, THREE days of school now being cancelled for Durham Public Schools.
Everything is supposed to be OK by Thursday, kids, just as long as the forecasters and school officials don't manage to find a single snowflake or ice chunk remaining on any road, anywhere. (Or, perhaps more to the point, just as long as City and NCDOT crews are able to take care of all the ice and snow remaining in place on neighborhood streets and around school facilities.)
Our final number is that beautiful and lucky number, SEVEN. Seven, as in the number of inches of snowfall we received, to cause all this much havoc.
If the terrorists were to have come up with a James Bond villain-style Artificial Snow Machine, they Would Have Already Won. In the Sunbelt, at least.