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Louisville is staring down potentially its biggest snow storm in years.

With eight to 12 inches of snow forecast Monday for Louisville–and more to the south–the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the area.

Jefferson County Public Schools and New Albany-Floyd County Schools announced Sunday evening that classes were canceled for Monday.

(Some school systems were in the area were closed Monday because of Presidents Day.)

Update 9 p.m.: Greater Clark Schools will be closed Monday, too.

Update 9:06 p.m.: The University of Louisville is closed Monday, too. So is IU Southeast.

Update 9:50 p.m.: Bellarmine University is closed, too.

Here’s what the National Weather Service is forecasting: Snow will start falling sometime at about midnight. The heaviest stuff is expected to happen from Monday morning into the afternoon–meaning the morning commute will likely be messy.

Again, Louisville is forecast to get somewhere between eight to 12 inches of snow with this storm. Southern Indiana is expected to get a less and the region to the south is expected to get more.

Louisville hasn’t gotten eight inches or more of snow since March 2008, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service said that the forecast storm will make traveling “treacherous” and some roads will be impassable.

More than 100 Louisville Metro employees will be prepared to deal with the roads, salting, plowing and such, said Harold Adams, a spokesman for the city.

“Be aware of the plows,” Adams said. “They are slower moving and they have a job to do and you should be going slower anyway and you should really be examining whether or not you need to be on the road and if you don’t absolutely have to be out there, stay home.”

The city is also asking people to not park on emergency travel routes.

One last thing: The National Weather Service forecasts the high temperatures to be in well below freezing at least through Friday.

WFPL reporter Jacob Ryan contributed to this story.