In PA, school and events are sometimes canceled before winter weather has even had a chance to appear on radar. The meteorologists around here do pretty good at estimating temperatures, but the mountains make it hard for them to make accurate precipitation estimates. Regardless, their opinions hold a lot of sway.
In New York, it seems like residents expect that NYSDOT and municipalities will keep the roads passable unless there are blizzard conditions. In PA (at least here in Harrisburg), it seems like people assume that PennDOT and municipalities won’t be able to treat the roads, all predicted snow and ice will show up and accumulate, and we should all just stay home. Those assumptions are sometimes accurate, especially for secondary roads. It’s getting a bit frustrating.