It is so interesting to see the differences in how weather affects people in different regions.
Nothing shuts down here due to weather! In almost 20 years of teaching, I have never had a late start and have had maybe a half dozen "inclement weather" days where although some students didn't go to school because buses weren't running, all staff had to be there. I guess we are used to winter. Last year the consultants and central office staff were allowed to go home a half hour early one day because of a tornado warning. Kids and teachers were held in the schools until the extreme weather passed.
It is also strange for me to hear everyone's blanketing stories at what we consider relatively mild temperatures. My boarded horses get blankets so they grown less of a winter coat and don't take as long to dry off after riding indoors. This is more of a convenience for us than it is to keep them warm. If they are at home, they don't get blankets in the winter except for my daughters mare who doesn't grow enough of a winter coat and is hard to keep weight on. If we get a day that hovers around the freezing mark, I take the blankets off, as this is a very warm winter day? My old man Sam is as fuzzy as can be. I ran my hand through his cost and almost lost my whole arm! When it's warm, he lays out in the snow to cool off. In summer, we blanket everybody to give them a break from the mosquitoes.
For reference, here is Sam sporting his winter coat. He's woollier than a polar bear!