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Louisville preps for uncertain snowfall Friday, JCPS cancels third day in a row

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a round of snow Wednesday and with more winter weather expected, city and school officials spent the week preparing for the worst Friday. 

In the end, Jefferson County Public Schools officials decided early Friday morning to cancel the day's classes.

According to meteorologists, some freezing rain is likely in far southern Kentucky overnight and early Friday morning.

"But there will be a tight gradient with snow fall totals as you get closer to the Ohio River," WDRB's Rick DeLuca said.

Louisville's Chief of Public Services Doug Hamilton addressed the city's plans Thursday afternoon saying the roads would not be pre-treated as no precipitation washed away the salt and brine from Wednesday's weather. 

"What we want to tell our citizens," Hamilton said, "now is the time to prepare."

In Louisville, medical and emergency services began preparing their staff and equipment Thursday, Hamilton said. 

Dr. Michael Raisor, with JCPS, said the district had been following the forecast and preparing their schools for students on Friday -- but would not be able to decide until early Friday morning as to whether it would be safe to bring students to school.

However, district officials later decided to close schools for the third day in a row. 

Raisor said there would be no delay or early dismissal, but JCPS would make the decision to either have school or not have school.. 

Hamilton asked that everyone check their cars and homes to make sure they were prepared for the weather. He also stressed the importance of clearing your sidewalks, driveways and mailboxes to help both city services and others who might have difficulty getting around.

Joe Sullivan, with the National Weather Service, says the predictions look very similar to what the area saw in March of 2015, but Louisville is in the extreme northwest part of the where the storm is going to hit -- making the forecast very uncertain.

Sullivan said the snow would likely hit Louisville around mid morning or towards noon on Friday, which is in contrast to earlier predictions. He said downtown Louisville and Indiana might see slightly less accumulation, but it was hard to nail down due to the nature of the front.

"To the south of the Metro area, there is no uncertainty at all; it's gonna be a big snow storm," Sullivan said. 

Bullitt County Public Schools will remain closed Friday. Clarksville, Greater Clark County and New Albany-Floyd County Schools will also be closed Friday. 

This story has been updated.

You can find up to date school closings and delays here.

You can watch the full press conference with city, school and NWS officials in the player above (For Spanish language, skip to 12:00). 

Usted puede ver la conferencia de prensa con funcionarios de la ciudad, la escuela y la NWS en el jugador más arriba (para la traducciòn española vaya al 12:00).

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