Snow slows Wednesday morning commute; schools close

Snow was rapidly falling in Elizabethtown at 5:00 Wednesday morning.
Snow was rapidly falling in Elizabethtown at 5:00 Wednesday morning.
Ronnie Oakes
Ronnie Oakes
Kim Grant
Kim Grant

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LOUISVILLE/ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – After a day of above-freezing temperatures and melting snow Tuesday, winter blasted back Wednesday as Mother Nature cooled things down and dumped snow across much of Kentuckiana, forcing many districts to cancel classes.

Areas to the south of Louisville seemed to get the most snow from the winter storm system. [Click here for the Forecast].

With the accumulating snowfall in mind, Jefferson County Public Schools called off classes for Wednesday, making the decision just after 5 a.m. [Click here for the complete List of Closings].

JCPS has missed five school days during the 2010-2011 school year, meaning the calendar now has students attending class until June 2011.

We drove to Elizabethtown Wednesday morning on snow-covered roads that were slick and treacherous. The fast-falling snow that began around 4:30 a.m. created near white-out conditions, with drivers slowing down to 30-40 miles per hour at times.

Parts of I-65 South were down to one lane at times, with no salt crews in sight for the entire drive from Louisville to Elizabethtown just after 4:30 Wednesday morning.

"The roads hadn't been touched at all, I mean it looked just like my neighborhood - no plowing, about two or three cars stuck in ditches," said Ronnie Oakes.

Bullitt County residents like Kim Grant also dealt with a slow morning commute on her way to work at the Fast-Trip Gas Station.

"I left at 8 o'clock, and it took me 45 minutes to get here and I just live three miles away," said Kim Grant. "I really actually thought we weren't going to get it because the weather was warm yesterday and so it was really surprising."

Crews were out around 5 a.m. to treat the roads, but the fury at which the snow fell, coupled with strong winds meant crews had to treat the same roads multiple times.

Metro Louisville crews report treating more than 5,200 miles of road from this latest storm, applying more than 1,600 tons of salt.

Stay with WAVE 3 News and for continuing coverage of this latest Winter Blast.

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You can also get updates on road conditions over the phone by calling 511 or 1-866-737-3767 and online at

Outside of Kentucky, call 1-866-737-3767

For out of state road conditions:

Illinois            1-800-452-IDOT
Indiana          1-800-261-7623
Missouri         1-800-222-6400
Tennessee     1-877-244-0065

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