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May 4, 2021

New York City is getting ready to leave snow days back in the pre-pandemic past.

The New York City Department of Education announced Tuesday that it's scrapping snow days for the 2021-2022 school year, with plans to make use of remote learning when school is closed due to the weather, per The Hill.

"On 'snow days' or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning," the NYC Department of Education said.

The decision comes after New York City's public schools made use of remote learning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and the city's Department of Education told CNN that the pandemic "created the ability to switch seamlessly to remote learning."

A November survey showed that during the pandemic, about 40 percent of school districts replaced snow days with remote learning days, The Atlantic previously reported, though it wasn't clear how many of these districts would continue the practice after students returned in person.

Though news of New York City's decision quickly drew criticism on Twitter, The New York Times' Eliza Shapiro wrote that "the city tries to avoid snow days because they are awful for the vast majority of parents who cannot work from home or cannot afford emergency child care." Still, others were quick to mourn the loss of snow days, with The Daily Beast's Harry Siegel vowing, "I assure you our kids will be out sledding rather than logging on to Zoom." Brendan Morrow

February 13, 2019

For the first time in forever, Disney has just released new Frozen footage.

The first teaser trailer for Frozen II premiered on Wednesday, and it opens with Elsa using her ice powers to walk on water in the middle of a storm for reasons that aren't entirely clear. We then get a series of fairly vague shots of a determined Kristoff riding Sven, Anna in distress, Elsa protecting Olaf, and everyone looking out on a landscape that makes it clear fall has arrived.

Don't expect to get much in the way of a plot synopsis from this teaser, though. None is provided, and there isn't even any dialogue. Still, we get a sense of the film's tone, and it's notable that, in contrast with the original, there's no snow to be found here. If you want to build a snowman this time, you're out of luck. The teaser also confirms the fact that the film's official title is, in fact, Frozen II, and in conjunction with its release, the first poster was also unveiled.

Frozen II will hit theaters Nov. 22, six years after the original. Watch the teaser below. Brendan Morrow

January 23, 2016

Snow blanketed the East Coast starting Friday night and extending into Saturday, with Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area getting hit hardest.

So far, the nation's capital has seen about a foot of snow, with much more on the way. Should the city hit 28 inches — just over what meteorologists are predicting — it would mark D.C.'s largest snowfall on record, ABC News reports.

Nine states declared a state of emergency, with D.C. and New York City also issuing weather emergency declarations. At least eight people have died in the storm so far, CNN reports. More than 8,000 flights have been canceled due to the snow. Julie Kliegman

January 27, 2015

As New Yorkers woke up to less snow than anticipated, many questioned the validity of weather forecasts predicting a possibly historic blizzard. But forecasters and atmospheric scientists said the models weren't far off.

The storm was extremely powerful, but the intensity hit 50 to 100 miles east of forecasts, and New York City fell just outside the blizzard range.

"In the big picture, this was not a bad forecast," Columbia University atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel told The New York Times. "But if you sit in New York City, this was a bust."

Arguably, some New Yorkers should be thanking the skewed forecasts for getting them a day off work. Julie Kliegman

November 25, 2014

Let it go, Mattel: Elsa, Anna, and Olaf are more popular with girls than Barbie this holiday season, a National Retail Federation survey reports.

That knocks Barbie from the survey's top spot for the first time in its 11-year history. Twenty percent of parents plan to buy Frozen-themed gifts for their daughters this year, compared to 17 percent for Barbie.

The bad news for Mattel comes just after an artist released "normal Barbies" sporting acne and stretch marks. The company has also faced backlash over a book suggesting computer engineer Barbie would need help from men to execute her programming project.

The toy at the top of the boys' survey was no surprise, though: Lego reigns supreme. Julie Kliegman

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