Winter weather put much of public life on hold for two days in St. John's this week, but many people wonder if the extent of the shut down was necessary.
Schools in the metro region stayed closed for a second day in a row on Friday, and Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic in the city didn't open until 1 p.m.
By noon on Friday, the majority of the snow had stopped, and shovelling was already finished in downtown St. John's.
Busker Don Tucker didn't understand why everything was closed down.
"This is nothing, but lately a little bit of snow and they're shutting down schools, and buses, and stores," Tucker said. "What's the whole issue?"
However, Bruce Vey, the director of education for the Eastern District School Board, said they were trying to be cautious.
"We bus 26,000 students a day, twice a day," Vey said.
"I'd rather be wrong on that decision than to have an incident with a student [being harmed] either walking to school or on a bus."
The St. John's Board of Trade said it's hard to gauge the level of impact the weather had on local business.
Greg Hewlett, the owner of a downtown cafe, said it's been a slow couple of days for his business because of the weather forecasts.
"You sort of got to curse the forecast sometimes," he said.
"I feel like [Thursday], we lost business due to the forecast, not the actual conditions. [Friday] – the actual conditions."
Most of the city was back to regular operations by Friday afternoon.