It’s cloudy outside and the temperature is dropping. Could snow be in your future? You check the weather report and soon get excited. Snow is indeed on the way!

As you finish your homework, eat dinner and then read on the couch, you keep checking the window for the first sign of snowflakes. Nothing yet. Before you know it, it’s time for bed. After you brush your teeth, you look one last time, but the ground is still dry.

You fall asleep with visions of blizzards in your head. Will you wake up to a snowy scene outside your window? Will school be called off for the day?

When you awake, your thoughts immediately turn to the weather. You rush to the window to look outside. Yes! The ground is covered in a thick blanket of fresh, white snow. Woo hoo!

Now the only question is: will you have school today or not? You rush to the television (or radio or Internet) to check for school closings. After waiting for what seems like forever, you finally see your school on the list of closings. Snow day!

Snow days occur because weather conditions make getting you and your fellow students to school too dangerous. Snow isn’t the only thing that causes school to get canceled, though. Any type of bad weather, from floods to tornadoes to hurricanes, can result in cancelling school in the interest of the safety of students and teachers.

Some areas of the United States get more snow than others. In Florida, for example, snow days aren’t very common. In Northern states, though, snow days might occur frequently.

Just because an area gets a lot of snow, though, doesn’t necessarily mean snow days will be frequent. If people in an area that gets a lot of snow are used to traveling in snow, then getting to and from school might not be a big deal. On the other hand, when it snows in an area that rarely sees snow, even a little bit of snow might cause major traffic issues.

Most kids tend to love snow days, and that’s understandable. Who doesn’t love a surprise vacation? However, snow days can come back to haunt you at the end of the year.

Most states require students to attend class for a certain number of days. If you have too many snow days, you may find yourself still in school at the beginning of what was supposed to be summer break.


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    • You’re the first Wonder Friend to comment on today’s Wonder of the Day®, Rahul…way to go! We’ll all have to check back tomorrow to find out more about ART! :-)

  1. I liked how they did the tunnels. My friend and I used to do it in dirt. First we put a ball under it then you put mud on it and wet it. Let it dry in the sun until it gets stable then push the ball out to get the shape. Sometimes it snows just a little bit here in the desert.

    • Hi, Franky! Thanks so much for sharing your personal connection to this Wonder! Wonder Friends create FUN ways to play and learn no matter what climate they live in, don’t they? :-)

  2. Dear wonderopolis,

    I like this WONDER of the day. I wish it were a snow day every day! Although, I would rather play video games instead of doing crafts. I can’t wait to see the next WONDER of the day! I think it has something to do with drawing.

    • Thanks for letting us know your favorite thing to do on a snow day, Nate, and also for visiting today’s Wonder of the Day®! We’re happy to hear from you! :-)

    • That’s a great guess, Keyvette! We’ll have to see if you were right when we all visit tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®! Thank you for hanging out in Wonderopolis today! :-)

  3. Dear Wonderopolis,

    I really enjoyed this! I never knew you could do so many things on Snow Days! It is true, if your school/town has too many snow days, you’re most likely to make them up at the end of the year. At my school once, we had more that three weeks worth of snow days, and we only made up two weeks!
    So far this year, we haven’t had any snow days.
    I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day will be about art and museums!
    I now wonder what fun and exciting new things you can do outside with your friends!

    –Hannah from Team Turner

    • WOW, Hannah! Three weeks of snow days is a LOT! We hope you got to have FUN with your friends and family, even if you had to make up some of the days at the end of the school year! We’re glad you’re full of WONDER about outside activities after exploring today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

  4. The snow forts in the video were awesome. It was cool how the boy jumped over the snow and it did not fall. We even saw the tree house in the background covered in snow. We thought it was great how they incorporated measurement in the snow day, too!!

    • Happy Monday, North Todd Elementary 3rd Grade Writers! Thanks so much for stopping by today’s Wonder and for letting us know all the awesome things you liked about the video! We don’t know about you guys, but we can’t wait for the next snow day here in Wonderopolis now! :-)

    • Those are all REALLY COOL ideas for fun things to do on snow days, Riley! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing them with us today! :-)

  5. Hey wonderopolis, for me it depends on how cold it is and how much snow there is. I might go outside for 30 minutes to an hour. Sometimes I stay in and watch T.V. or play my game. Or I might take a nap. Or stay in and put on my snow clothes and get by a heater and get really warm then go outside. Thanks Wonderopolis for another great Wonder!

    • Thank YOU for another great comment, Dominque! We think your ideas all sound GREAT! We think it’s super smart to put on all your snow clothes, get warm and THEN go outside! We bet you stay warmer longer when you are out in the cold that way! Please stay safe when you’re close to heaters, though. Make sure a grown-up is watching you, OK? Your friends in Wonderopolis care about you, and we wouldn’t want you to get hurt! :-)

  6. I would make lots and lots of snowballs and snow angels. I’m going to throw snow at my brother and my cousin.

    • That sounds like a plan for some super special snow day fun, LaNyja! Thank you for letting us know you stopped by Wonderopolis today! :-)

    • Building snow forts and castles and knocking them down can be fun if you were the one who built them, Cam! We’re sorry to hear about the floods. Thank you for sharing your favorite snow day activity with us! :-)

  7. I love Wonderopolis! At my school (Mapleshade Elementary), we look at the website every day and we enjoy my teacher Mrs. Grimes reading it. Can you give me another hint on the wonderopolis tomorrow?

    • Hello, Anthony! Part of the WONDER of Wonderopolis is the surprise everyone gets when they see a new Wonder of the Day®! If we gave away too many hints about tomorrow’s Wonder, it wouldn’t be a surprise! Let’s see though, since you are such an AWESOME Wonder Friend and left us this great comment, we’ll give you just one more hint! Different pieces of ART mean different things to different people! :-)

  8. Dear Wonderopolis,
    There are many things you can do on a snow day and in my preference I like to play in the snow and drink hot chocolate and light the fire in our fireplace. My school hasn’t had any snow days so far. I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about art or space.
    Paige ;)

    • Drinking hot chocolate by a warm fire after you’ve played outside with your friends and family sounds like a perfect way to spend a snow day, Paige! Thank you so much for sharing your comment with us today and for being a super Wonder Friend! :-)


    • Hello, Fedowe! Thanks so much for stopping by this Wonder of the Day® and for letting us know how much you like learning in Wonderopolis! :-)

    • We bet a lot of Wonder Friends will be wishing for “sun days” like you are having when they get snowed this winter, Rebecca! Thank you for sharing a little about the weather where you live! :-)

  10. I love snow days, but sometimes not, because I love school. The best thing that I love to do is go sledding or have a snowball fight with my brother. We have a small hill in our back yard.

    • Cool! We bet sledding down the hill in your back yard is a LOT of fun, Natasha! Thank you for sharing your personal connection to this Wonder of the Day®, and also for letting us know you LOVE school…WAY TO GO! :-)

  11. I say the best thing to do on a snow day is enjoy a day of no school, GAME DAY, video games, GAME DAY. Oh yeah, and BOARD GAMES!!!!!

    • We LOVE playing board games, too, Anthony! That’s an AWESOME way to spend a snow day! We like Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Life, Sorry….there are so many fun games to choose from! :-)

    • Those are all super fun ways to spend a snow day, Megan! We bet playing in the snow with your new puppy is EXTRA fun! :-)

  12. Hey wonderopolis, I love to make snow families and drink hot cocoa when it snows outside! And I have a new 8 month old puppy and I can’t wait to bring her outside to play in the snow! I also like to have a dance competition with my friends.

    • Stephanie, those are AWESOME ways to spend a snow day! We are drinking hot cocoa right now here at Wonderopolis and enjoying our evening! We are so excited about your new puppy, too! How very fun! You’ll have a WONDERful time playing around in the snow! We hope your day is going great– we’re smiling because of great Wonder Friends like you! :)

  13. I am pretty weird durring snow days. I go outside and either lay in the snow and eat snow, or I go to where there is lots of snow and make a house with furniture inside of it!!!! It takes over a day to make the house though. Thank you for this awesome wonder!!!! I’m obsessed with telling things I do!!!! LOL :)

    • Hey there, Elizabeth! We all enjoy spending our snow days differently– we’re glad to hear you enjoy playing outside in the snow! :) How cool that you create a house with furniture inside, that’s very creative! Thanks for visiting so many different Wonders today! Keep up the great work! :)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Kailey! We’re so glad that you’ve shared how you like to enjoy a snowday! Snowmen and snowball fights are the best! :)

  14. We have a “snow day” for Monday! Minnesota’s Governor has cancelled school for the entire state because the temperatures are predicted to be so cold it will be too dangerous for students to be a bus stops or walking to school. Not sure what we will do but it will probably be indoor activities like playing games and reading by the fireplace.

    • Hi Dawn! Thanks for WONDERing with us! That’s so exciting that you have a snow day! Those sound like fun things to do inside! We’re so thrilled you’re WONDERing with us! :)

    • Oh, no. We hope that doesn’t happen, Nikhil! That would be really sad. We love school! Thanks for WONDERing with us Wonder Friend! :-)

  15. What you could do on snow days , you could do your homework, eat your dinner read a book and keep looking out the window for some more snowflakes and before you know it is going to be your bed time and then you need to brush your teeth then you can look out the window one last time before you go to sleep!!!!!!

    • Those are all great things to do on a snow day! Thanks for sharing your comment with us, Kayla! Have you had any snow days this school year? We know some parts of the US already have!! :)

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