Jefferson County Public Schools Will Stay Closed on Wednesday Because of the Snow
Update 9:34 p.m.: School Closings
A couple more school closing/delay announcements for Wednesday have come in in the past few hours.
- New Albany-Floyd County Schools: 2-hour delay
- Greater Clark Schools: 2-hour delay (but they may decide to close depending on the weather overnight; a final call will be made by 6:30 a.m.)
- Clarksville Community Schools: Closed
- West Clark Community Schools: 2-hour delay
An Oldham County Schools spokeswoman says that system will make a call on Wednesday morning.
As for higher education: At the University of Louisville, all classes beginning at or after 10 a.m. will be held; any class that ends before 10 a.m. is called off.
Bellarmine University is also opening at 10 a.m.
Likewise, Spalding University opens at 10 a.m.
As of Tuesday night, Jefferson Community and Technical College plans to close its Bullitt County campus, but none others.
Update 3:32 p.m.: JCPS Closed
Jefferson County Public Schools will stay closed on Wednesday because of the winter weather, school district officials announced Tuesday during a news conference with city officials.
It's the fourth snow day of the year for JCPS students. Earlier on Tuesday, JCPS noted that all the snow day sites for the Childhood Enrichment Program (that's the YMCA-run before and after school program) should be running on Wednesday. You can find the full list here.
Jefferson County Catholic Schools will also be closed Wednesday, Mayor Greg Fischer said.
Update 3:14 p.m.: Cold
The big snowstorm ended Monday, but—as we've noted the past couple of days— winter weather will still cause problems for the Louisville area through this week.
WFPL's Devin Katayama spoke today with a meteorologist from the National Weather Service. A little more snow is possible, but the big issue will be the cold—at times, the temperature will go below zero. You'll find more about the impending cold weather here.
Meanwhile, school closings are starting to come in. Bullitt County Public Schools and Spencer County Public Schools will stay closed on Wednesday.
Update 12:30 p.m.: Motorists Still Struggling
Louisville Metro officials report that nearly 8,400 miles of road have been plowed and treated with salt since the snow began Sunday night, but motorists still had difficulty commuting on Tuesday morning.
The Tues1eday morning commute resulted in 69 stranded motorists, 12 vehicle accidents (just two involved injuries) and four hit-and-runs, according to information provided by Louisville MetroSafe.
Road crews will be working throughout the day to continue to clear the roads, city officials said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Side streets and neighborhood roads will not be the crews’ focus.
The city has about 28,000 tons of salt in reserves, which is “plenty,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.
Earlier: With about eight inches of snow to deal with, Louisville Metro crews on Monday treated about 5,700 two-lane miles, dropping more than 1,000 tons of salt. Still, snow covered many roads throughout the city.
The National Weather Service has issued a travelers advisory for Louisville and the surrounding area, urging drivers to use caution and allow for extra time getting to where they're going Tuesday morning.
The advisory expires at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging motorists to be careful, too. Ice may have developed even if the pavement looks clear, a cabinet spokeswoman said in a news release. Here are conditions Tuesday morning from the cabinet:
- Bullitt – partly covered roads, crews salting & plowing
- Franklin – mostly covered roads, crews salting & plowing
- Henry – mostly covered roads, crews plowing only
- Jefferson (maintain interstates only) – partly covered, crews salting & plowing
- Oldham – mostly covered roads, crews salting & plowing
- Shelby – mostly covered roads, crews salting & plowing
- Spencer – completely covered roads, crews salting & plowing
- Trimble – partly covered roads, crews salting & plowing
Last night also brought single-digit low temperatures. The National Weather Service said the low temperature at about 6 a.m. Tuesday was 6; the high today is forecast to be about 25. (There are chances for snow Tuesday, too.)
The Louisville area has many closings the day after the city's first big snowstorm of 2015.
- Jefferson County Public Schools
- Oldham County Schools
- Bullitt County Public Schools
- Jefferson County Catholic Schools
- Spencer County Schools
- Shelby County Public Schools
- Shelby County Public Schools
- New Albany-Floyd County Schools
- Greater Clark Schools
- West Clark Community Schools
- Clarksville Community Schools
Also closed on Tuesday: The University of Louisville, IU Southeast, Spalding University and Ivy Tech Sellersburg, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Bellarmine University.
We'll put any updates on the weather here. In the meantime, here's what the winter weather looked like around the city.