The northeast has been hammered with snow within the past two months. Throughout the course of January and February, roughly a total of three and a half feet has fallen in Connecticut, eight feet in Massachusetts, two and a half feet in New York, and another three and a half feet in New Jersey.
The snow has led too many problems for people across New England. Driving to school becoming a challenge for teenagers, and adults have had a more difficult and frustrating route to work.
Students, like Chloe Ariola, feel especially uncomfortable driving in the bad weather conditions.
“I feel unsafe,” said Ariola, “especially when other schools around us are closed.”
Ariola is one of the many students who feel unsafe on the road during such conditions.
“It’s sometimes difficult to get to school since I have front wheel drive,” mentioned student driver, Zach Noreika, Woodland senior.
Cars with two-wheel drive are incapable of driving in certain conditions like those New England is currently experiencing. Therefore, those with two-wheel drive need to take extra caution when driving in bad weather conditions.
Because many of the roads are still in poor condition to drive on students have a difficult time commuting to and from school.
“Roads have been terrible lately, especially back roads which lead to the main roads and highways,” said Senior, Stephen Kazalunus.
With many back roads not being plowed well, it leaves roads slippery with people needing to take extra caution. It is best to stick to the main roads and to keep a good enough distance from cars in order to not get into an accident and arrive to school safely.
Students also have to get up earlier in order to make it to school on time because they need to take caution and drive slower. Prospect residents definitely have a harder time getting to school because they have to drive the distance in order to get to school.When weather conditions are unsafe, some parents feel a need to find alternate transportation in order for their children to arrive to school safely. Many aren’t comfortable with having their young drivers on the road when conditions are questionable. Parents will either drive their child themselves, have the child take the bus, or even stay home if necessary.
“Missing a few more days of school a year is not worth students getting hurt just to attend school when the conditions do not allow it,” said Kazalunus.
But teenagers aren’t the only ones facing issues on the roads. For adults who need to drive to work daily, their lives get interrupted by the weather as well. With certain areas getting over 100 inches throughout this winter, it makes traveling a challenge and making plans a hassle.
Gena Kravetz, a dentist who resides in New York, drives daily to Stamford for work and the weather definitely does not help him on his long commute.
“The snow leads to difficult commutes and patient cancellations,” said Kravetz.
Massachusetts native, Evelina Brozgul-Krone, a free-lance art teacher, has had similar experiences with art lessons being cancelled. When it snows, students don’t want to risk the conditions to learn.
While the snow affects peoples’ safety, it can also take a toll on a person’s physical and emotional state. Irina Pritsker, a resident of New Jersey, said that the snow affects her life in an emotional way.
“I feel more down and stressed due to weather, with roads being unsafe and having to drive a total of 60 miles a day to work and back,” said Pritsker. “The low energy is affecting my performance at home with my son and work.”
With weather like this in the northeast, people have to live a day by day life; nobody can make any promises without knowing when the next snow-storm may hit. The only question left to ask, is how much longer will this snowpocalypse last?