JCPS cancels classes after freezing rain; no court today

Louisville, KY - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Jefferson County Public Schools and Jefferson County Catholic Schools have canceled classes after freezing rain, sleet and snow hit Kentuckiana. JCPS spokeswoman Lauren Roberts tells WAVE 3 that JCPS central offices are also closed, and that hasn't happened since the 1980s.

Also, the Jefferson County Courthouse is closed and no cases will be heard today. The weather has also affected shoppers: Officials from the Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall say they plan to open at 11 a.m. today.

In Louisville, the temperature hovered at freezing as dawn broke Thursday and many streets were ice covered.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 p.m. today.

The freezing rain began to let up in most areas between 4 and 5 a.m., and as temperatures rise, the wintry mix will change back to rain. Temperatures will rise just above freezing later in the morning hours.

While many of the main roads are passable, side roads, sidewalks, handrails and cars were covered with a glaze of ice. Metro and state crews were salting the roads throughout the night.

One viewer used the mobile news tip app on his cell phone to tell us Highway 62 between Georgetown and Lanesville is "solid ice covered w/3 slide offs. Becoming unpassable! Solid 1" on road surface. I-64 from Georgetown to the Sherman Minton Bridge."

Here are a few tips for dealing with the icy conditions from the Indiana State Police:

  • DRIVE SLOW and leave plenty of space between vehicles.

  • When slowing down anticipate and prepare for it well in advance.

  • If your vehicle has ABS brakes simply apply the brakes do not pump the brakes.  Pumping the brakes will not allow the ABS system to work correctly.

  • Remember that the bridges and overpasses will freeze and refreeze first so be prepared.

  • Please crews room to work. If possible, change lanes when you pass emergency equipment at work. If you cannot change lanes, slow down and pass with caution.

Pedestrians should also be aware of the potential for falling ice as the temperatures rise.

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