Here we think in terms of rain days. When the rain comes, and comes with ferocity, the streets flood and traffic is stopped. The water level rises and all normal activity comes to a halt.
People are used to simply sitting in a neighborhood bar, drinking a few beers, and waiting for the rain to stop. Then life can go on. I was recently on a bus in a flooded neighborhood, waiting for 30 minutes for the water to subside and make it possible for the bus to pass.
Recently the skies have opened up. Luiz has had (so far) two days off from school due to the rain. More than 1.5 meters of water have flooded his school. On the first night several school employees/teachers had to sleep through the night in the school because there was no way to get out.
It’s not a snow day, as I remember them, but it pleases Luiz in the same way to learn he does not have to go to school tomorrow.