The common misconception is that a mountain of snow is a big deal. The big issue on the Cape is wind, particularly wrapped around freezing temperatures. Some companies will set a bench mark for snow accumulation, wind speed, power outages or, believe it or not, leave the decision to the owner most often if not exclusively subject to a fee. For me, the criteria for a storm is subjective and most certainly predicated on any number of variables. A sustained power outage in September is a nuisance while mid February is a bit of a gut check.