Tue January 21, 2014
Jefferson County Public Schools on 2-Hour Delay Wednesday as Cold Follows Snow
Update 8:30 p.m.: More School Updates for Wednesday
Greater Clark Schools: 2-Hour Delay
New Albany-Floyd County Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Clarksville Community Schools: 2-Hour Delay
Shelby County Schools: Closed
Nelson County Schools: Closed
Update 6 p.m.: JCPS Makes the Call
Jefferson County Public Schools will be on a two-hour delay schedule on Wednesday. (Mini-update: JCPS will have its early childhood education program Wednesday, but no transportation will be provided.)
No snow is forecast until at least Wednesday night, and even then the National Weather Service is forecasting only flurries. But, as noted below, very cold temperatures have moved into the Louisville area. The overnight low is forecast to be 4 degrees—and wind chills could reach -1.
While we're on the topic: If you missed it earlier, here a chart I put together Tuesday showing the number of missed JCPS school days because of weather going back to 1980.
Update 2:45 p.m.: Travelers Advisory
The winter storm warning for the Louisville area has expired, but the National Weather Service has issued a travelers advisory in effect Tuesday until midnight.
Depending on where you are in the Louisville area, three to seven inches of snow has fallen (see the graphic below), the weather service said. Snow on Louisville interstates has mostly melted under sunny skies, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.
Here are some numbers from the National Weather Service, as of Tuesday afternoon:
Lexington (Official) 1.7 Louisville International (Official) 2.5 Louisville NWS Office 3.3 Fort Knox 0.6 Bowling Green (Official) 0.5
The concern has diverted from snowfall to temperatures in the teens Tuesday afternoon and single digits Tuesday night, along with wind gusts as strong as 35 miles per hour, the weather service said.
It's possible that motorists will encounter slick roads and blowing snow during the afternoon commute, the weather service said.
Update 11:45 a.m.: I-65 North Reopens
Trimarc says I-65 northbound is open.
Update 9:38 a.m.: I-65 Closed in Southern Indiana
Indiana State Police says it's closed Interstate 65 from near Henryville (milemarker 16) to Taylorsville, Ind. (milemarker 76) because of the snow.
And here's an update for Kentucky roadways from the Transportation Cabinet:
Bullitt – heavy snow with 0.75 inches of accumulation, 20 degrees, mostly covered roads
Franklin – heavy snow with 1.25 inches of accumulation, 31 degrees, partly covered roads
Henry – snow with 3.75 inches of accumulation, 18 degrees, mostly covered roads
Jefferson – moderate snow with 2 inches of accumulation, 20 degrees, partly covered roads
Oldham – heavy snow with 4 inches of accumulation, 20 degrees, mostly covered roads
Shelby – moderate snow with 2 inches of accumulation, 27 degrees, mostly covered roads
Spencer – heavy snow with 2 inches of accumulation, 28 degrees, mostly covered roads
Trimble – heavy snow with 4.5 inches of accumulation, 17 degrees, completely covered roads
Update 9 a.m.: Winter Storm Warning
So the National Weather Service is now including Louisville and counties to the north and northeast in a winter storm warning.
Here's a map:
The weather service is now forecasting three to six inches of snow in or around Louisville. The snow is expected to continue through the morning and taper off Tuesday afternoon.
The winter storm warning ends at 1 p.m.
Here's what the snow (and traffic) looks like on Fourth Street in downtown Louisville:
Update 8:25 a.m.: Snow Covering Roads
Here's a look, via Trimarc, of Interstate 71 near downtown Louisville.
A MetroSafe supervisor says they're getting reports of traffic accidents throughout the city.
Update 7:20 a.m.: Schools Situation
Several more school closures, including JCPS and UofL, are listed below.
Jefferson Community & Technical College campuses are delayed until 10 a.m.
Update 7:15 a.m.: Snow Situation
Here's an update from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as of 6:45 a.m.:
Bullitt – snow with 0.25 inches of accumulation, 33 degrees, wet pavement, crews salting
Franklin – snow with 0.75 inches of accumulation, 31 degrees, partly covered roads, crews salting and plowing
Henry – heavy snow with 3 inches of accumulation, 29 degrees, mostly covered roads, crews salting and plowing
Jefferson – moderate snow with 1.5 inches of accumulation, 32 degrees, partly covered roads, crews salting
Oldham – heavy snow with 1.25 inches of accumulation, 31 degrees, partly covered roads, crews salting and plowing
Shelby – moderate snow with 0.5 inches of accumulation, 32 degrees, wet pavement, crews salting
Spencer – snow with 0.25 inches of accumulation, 32 degrees, wet pavement, crews salting
Trimble – heavy snow with 4 inches of accumulations, 30 degrees, mostly covered roads, crews salting and plowing
Update: 5:55 a.m.: More Closings
A few more schools have announced that they won't open on Tuesday because of expected weather issues.
The University of Louisville won't have classes and offices are closed. UofL asks people to go to uoflphysicians.com for information on whether practices or clinics are closed or delayed.
Other closed schools include:
- Bullitt County Public Schools
- Clarksville Community Schools
- West Clark Community Schools
- Nelson County Schools
Check the earlier update for more school closings.
Earlier: Jefferson County Public Schools and other school districts will be closed Tuesday because of impending winter weather in the Louisville area.
About two inches of snow is forecast for Louisville on Tuesday with more to the north, the National Weather Service said.
The snowfall is expected to be heaviest in Louisville between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., likely causing issues during the morning commute, the weather service said. Quickly falling temperatures and wind gusts as strong as 30 miles per hour are expected to compound those issues.
In addition to JCPS, here's a quick list of closed schools for Tuesday:
- Jefferson County Catholic schools
- Oldham County Schools
- Greater Clark County Schools
- New Albany-Floyd County Schools
We'll update this story with school closing and travel information as it becomes available.