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Rough winter providing tough challenges for Metro Louisville, Kentuckiana schools

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Frigid cold temperatures and several snow events have placed a strain on the city of Louisville and school districts around Kentuckiana.

JCPS is on a two-hour delay Friday, Jan. 24 and several school districts are reporting closings for the fourth consecutive day.

The city of Louisville has almost maxed its budget when it comes to keeping the roads safe for drivers.

"Our budget for snow removal this year was $1.4 million and we've spent approximately $1.2 million," said Metro Public Works spokesperson Harold Adams.

It's been a rough winter in Louisville, from painfully low temperatures to back-to-back snow events.

For the city, that means working extra hard to keep up.

"We've had more snow events than we typically get in a Louisville winter," Adams told WDRB.

With the possibility of more snow on the way, Adams says the city will adjust to meet demand.

"Snow removal is a very essential service. It has to get done, so it will get done, so we will find the money," said Adams.

The harsh winter is also putting a strain on schools.

Jefferson County has already missed five days, meaning students will go to school until June 6.

Oldham County has recorded seven snow days and will keep students until June 3.

In Indiana, Floyd County has also missed seven days, but the school district was able to make them up and plans to waive two days through the state, letting students out of school as planned on May 30.

Of course, those plans could change if Kentuckiana gets even more snow days.

Oldham County Schools spokesperson Tracy Harris says the district has not broken the snow day record yet, but it's getting close.

"The past two years we've actually only had two snow days total," said Harris.

She says it's important to realize every snow day is decided on a case-to-case basis.

"We usually start around 3 a.m. driving the roads. We have a crew that goes out, they divvy the county up. Each person drives their part of the county. They report back and compare notes, see which spots are the worst, try and figure out is there like an alternate route we can work around it and make a decision no later than 5:30 a.m.," Harris told WDRB.

She says it's the rural roads that are usually the worst.

When the temperatures are really cold, not even the sun will melt the ice off the roadways.

"Some of the salt is underneath the snow and they can't put more salt on top because it's too cold at this point so crews have really done all they can and we're really just waiting on things to melt," she explained.

For information on the latest school closings and delays, click here.

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