So the school system my kids go to is closing 3 hours earlier due to the snow storm. Here in the boston area we've been getting hit with a major (foot or more) snow storm every week since December. Anyways my question is why do they close school earlier, when its usually more treacherous earlier in a storm, i.e., snow plows haven't gotten it under control. Its more disruption trying to get there because of the sudden change in time. what happens to kids who's parents are unable to pick them up in time. I'll be leaving work soon, and it usually takes me an hour. What happens if the trains stop working because of the weather and it takes me 4 hours to get there? To my uneducated eyes, it would seem easier, safer and less stressful if they don't change the time.