On the radio today, phrasing that got my attention: someone read a long list of “school closures.” I’m not sure I’d ever heard the word closures in relation to weather-related closings.
I looked at several sources to find something relevant. “The New York Times” Manual of Style and Usage (2015) had it:
In references to shutdowns (of airports, businesses, streets, etc.), use closing(s) rather than the stilted closure(s).That sounds right to me. A school closing might be for a day or two. Closure carries a stronger sense of finality: people are always looking for it. They want to be done .
This short post has now achieved closure.