Groundhog Day 2011 has been eagerly anticipated this year as thousands of businesses, schools and roadways have been affected by what some are saying is the worst storm of the century. Luckily, the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil did not see he is shadow, bringing an early spring as well as a collective sigh of relief to the nation.
Spring can not come soon enough considering the colossal storm currently sweeping through the nation. The MyBankTracker team has spent the morning calling banks across the nation to see which ones were open and which were closed. Some banks were easier to track such as Chase Bank which had an alert on their website mentioning that banks in:
- Western Michigan
- New York
- New Jersey
Would have delayed openings today on February 2. Although Chase bank is not necessarily a gauge of every bank in the country it is definitely a good indicator of which states may have delays and spotty service due to the weather. Another bank that had a weather related statement highlighted on their website was TD Bank, “Stores in NYC, Suburban NY including Lower Hudson Valley, North and Central NJ, Connecticut, may be opening late today. Stores in New Hampshire and Southern and Central Maine will be closed today.”
Bank of America was slightly trickier as we had to enter individual area codes to detect branch closings, according to the site a majority of branches in Texas, Mid-Missouri, Illinois and New Jersey were closed. PNC bank also had closings in Chicago, New York City and Missouri. U.S Bank also had closings in Illinois, Missouri. We were not able to get contact information for other U.S Bank branches.
Some states did have an equivalent amount of openings and closings throughout, if you are planning on making the trip to your local branch, we recommend calling ahead of time. You can also enter in your branch address on certain bank websites to see if it is open or not.
Alternative Banking Options
For those who need to handle their banking needs first thing this morning, should consider online banking. Other operations are still in full effect as well, such as 24 hour phone customer service and online live chat. It may be hard to think about things like banking when a snowstorm hits, but it is always good to be prepared for situations such as this one. If you have a question or need to speak to someone at the bank, please consider these options as well.
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