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Louisville prepares for another round of winter storms: forecast, preparations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- City and school leaders are closely watching the forecast, which you can see above.

In a conference call Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather service said “basically, it's going to get ugly.”

WDRB's Marc Weinberg joined the conference call to discuss the coming storm.

The Weather Service has predicted around 8”-12” for Louisville, stretching from southern Indiana and into Elizabethtown.

According to the forecast, rain Wednesday morning could transition to snow in the afternoon and continue until late Thursday.

NWS officials described it as “extremely heavy, wet snow.”

You can read more about the forecast for the storm on the WDRB Weather Blog

Schools

School officials joined the National Weather Service conference call Tuesday afternoon, asking what they could expect Wednesday so they could ensure kids get home safely.

The National Weather Service recommended JCPS plan for an early dismissal Wednesday, though no decision has been made.

According to the Weather Service, the changeover from rain to snow could happen around two p.m. for the Louisville area.

You can see a full list of school closings, delays and schedule adjustments here.  

You can read more about school officials monitoring the weather to make a decision here

Roads

Transportation officials say they won't be able to start working on the roads until the snow starts falling, which is expected Wednesday afternoon.

Because of all the rain, crews aren't able to pre-treat and brine the roads as it would all be washed off before the snow hits.

"When the rain changes over to snow, that's when we can start applying the salt to the roadways to melt that precipitation," KYTC Spokesperson Andrea Clifford said.

Instead, they've been focused on restocking salt supplies at maintenance facilities and moving salt to strategic locations.

"We've got crews going out, we're checking on all of our viaduct stations, checking all of our hotspots, making sure all of our equipment is ready to go," said Dennis Thomasson, with MSD.

Thomasson says crews are spending the day making sure all of the snow and ice still around from the last winter storm don't become a problem overnight. "With the rainfall that's coming and the snow melt that we've had and the ground is saturation, just to be prepared.Crews are mostly cleaning catch basins, but they're also monitoring the river levels and don't expect any issues.

"That's the main flooding threat for the city of Louisville is the river levels and we work with corps of engineers on that. They update that twice daily," Thomasson said.

"Turn around and don't drown, that's the phrase that we use during this type of weather," said Clifford.

Beyond the rain, officials say they are prepared for this round of snow and are getting ready for the next few days.

"Hopefully tonight all of our crews are going to get a good night's rest because they know that this event is coming in tomorrow," Clifford said. "[It's] gonna last through the overnight hours and with the temperatures dropping into the teens, it looks like we'll be working on roadways for probably the next two to three days."

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