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JCPS closes school based on forecast for snow; crews prepare roads

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Snow in the forecast prompted a number of Kentuckiana schools to cancel classes Friday, including Jefferson County Public Schools.

Other schools, including New Albany-Floyd County and Greater Clark, made early decisions to dismiss students early.

JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey explains that the decision was made so early for safety reasons. He says they wouldn't have been able to get students to and from schools before the snow moves moved in.

In order for us to transport 70,000 students home safely, and then get our bus drivers back home safely, we know that we're looking at a dismissal that's probably noon at the latest, if not before then. So then we're bringing students in at 7:30 -- in that general area for middle and high school -- and we are dismissing in the morning and that is not a good instructional day."

Friday's imminent snow would mark the 16th "snow event" for Louisville Metro salt and plow crews, which is five more than all of last year.

The warmer temperatures Wednesday and Thursday helped to melt remaining snow and ice, allowing Metro crews to put down another layer of brine on snow routes.

The treatment could help as snow falls in time for rush hour and the start of the weekend.

Louisville Metro crews have had to dip into the city's reserve supply of salt that's stored under the zoo. It has 35,000 tons of salt ready to go, for Friday and still more weather after that.

"That's up to Old Man Winter to decide," said Metro Public Works spokesperson Harold Adams, when asked if that would be enough salt to handle the event. "What we have and what we would order in case we needed to, I believe we'll be fine."

Adams says the city is almost $600,000 over budget for snow removal for the year, with an abundance of snow and ice and added overtime.

Crews from the city and both Kentucky and Indiana are ready, with full call-outs beginning at midday.

Some truck crews are even on standby overnight, especially for residual snow and ice spots on side streets and rural roads.

While Friday morning is expected to be fine, but the afternoon drive home is when the snow is expected to join drivers on the road.

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