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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A winter storm warning takes effect later today for much of Kentuckiana.
JCPS announced on its Twitter account that classes are dismissing early today. Middle and high schools will dismiss students at 12:20 p.m., and elementary schools will dismiss students at 1:45 p.m.may dismiss classes early, and will not provide transportation for early childhood programs.
Across the river, schools in New Albany/Floyd County, as well as Clark and West Clark schools are also dismissing early.
The storm warning issued by the National Weather Service begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday and continues through 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Louisville Metro officials have scheduled a media briefing at 11:30 a.m. regarding the winter storm expected this afternoon which is projected to bring ice. The city's emergency response team including Public Works, MetroSafe, LMPD and others will be available along with representatives from LG&E and JCPS.
WDRB will stream its 11:30 newscast live which will include the briefing.
According to WDRB Meteorologist Jude Redfield, the storm is expected to hit late this afternoon and continue into the evening. No precipitation is expected until later this afternoon.
We should have temperatures in the upper 20s around lunch time, with overcast skies. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., a wintry mix will move into Metro Louisville, and there's a 100 percent chance for precipitation, possibly freezing, in the Louisville area between 5 and 6 p.m. Whether or not it ends up becoming freezing rain depends on the temperature, which could be right at or below freezing.
This system also brings with it the possibility of thunderstorms. Although freezing rain is likely, conditions similar to the ice storm in 2009 are not expected.
This latest storm will pose a challenge to officials in Kentucky and Indiana, where budgets are already stretched thin after a series of snow events this winter. Louisville has already had 19.3 inches of snow this winter -- well above the 12.5 inch average.
Sellersburg officials have already advised motorists to make plans to stay off the roads between 3 and 5 p.m. when the worst of the freezing rain is expected to begin.
"As far as during my years with INDOT, I can't recall a winter this hard," said Harry Maginity with INDOT's Southeast district.