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Under threat of morning snow, decision to cancel school comes down to the wire

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A JCPS bus navigates snowy roads during the 2014-2015 school year in this WDRB file photo. A JCPS bus navigates snowy roads during the 2014-2015 school year in this WDRB file photo.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The decision to close schools is never easy, but it gets even more difficult when the forecast shows snow right as kids are heading there. 

So families wait to hear whether their child's school will be closed or delayed until early in the morning and sometimes it comes right down to the wire. 

JCPS, the largest system in the area, is one of a number of school districts riding out whether to cancel or delay classes until the final hour.

"Tomorrow morning is going to be one of those worst case scenarios type of mornings," JCPS Chief Operations Officer Michael Raisor said. 

It's the worst case because of the timing. Depending on when the snow hits -- and where -- the Metro could see as much as one to two inches of snow just as buses are rolling out.

So dozens of drivers will hit the road overnight checking for trouble spots, especially those secondary and side roads which are usually last to be treated.

"We're probably going to have to make the call with a dry or moist ground and really base ourselves on what the National Weather Service and meteorologists are telling us and what we see happening to our north," Raisor said. 

JCPS isn't alone though.

"We will be up early tomorrow to see how things have progressed overnight and what the forecast looks like," Oldham County Schools spokesperson Tracy Green said. 

Oldham County Schools also waiting to make the call, but said Monday evening they would plan to start at the normal time Tuesday. 

"Every day that we miss we have to make up later," Green said. "So with the calendar set how it is and with our families knowing what that calendar is we like to wait and see if we can have school if it'll be safe."

If they're not, the district will notify parents by 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

As for JCPS, it will have people out salting around the bus stops and schools as a precaution. The district will decide by 4:45 tomorrow morning.

WDRB in the morning will begin early at 4 a.m. to give you the very latest on closings.  

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