It's nothing new for school districts to close, or postpone events, when bad weather is on the way.
But administrators aren't the only ones making those decisions in the Southeast-Brewster area. Depending on the storm, some local agencies and stores adjust their hours of business, too.
Patch spokes with managers at the following establishments and asked what their stance is on closing when Mother Nature is not cooperating.
- A&P Fresh Market: A manager at the food store said it "generally stays open," as long as there are enough staff members to make it to work. There is a generator there, too.
- Bob's Diner: The Main Street staple stays open, as long as there is power. "Usually do OK with people waiting for the train and rides from the train," owner Thomas Sprague said. "I have enough staff that live close by to keep regular hours."
- Community Pharmacy: Debbie Mellett, a manager there, said the shop says open, unless it's "really bad." When asked if she's heard anything to indicate that may be the case Thursday and Friday, she shook her head. "It's March."
- Mahopac National Bank: "As long as we can get here, we open," manager Catherine Purdy said, adding that safety for employees is the top concern, but customers—who may have a closing on a home that cannot be rescheduled—are also a big priority.
- O'Connor's Public House: The pub is typically open during storms, according to manager Colin O'Connor.
- Tom-Tom's Bagel Cafe: "We try to be open, but it depends on how much snow," manager Kyle Quinn said, adding that there is no generator at the store. With less than half a foot expected this week, he does not anticipate closing early. "We'll be here."
- Xtra Mart: Manager Daniel Reyes said the station never closes. "This place would have to get knocked down for it to close." Even if the power goes out, the convenience store would most likely still be open.