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Friday’s forecast of rain changing to snow prompts city, county schools to close

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
STAFF REPORT

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 — Due to the expectation of deteriorating weather conditions beginning early Friday, the Bardstown City Schools have cancelled school for Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

The Nelson County Schools have also canceled school for Friday, according to a district press release.

The county school district has activated its plan for use of Non-Traditional Instructional days (NTI/Best Days), due to the prospect of dangerous road conditions as rain transitions to freezing rain early Friday and then snow later in the day.

The county school district’s child care centers will remain open.

NTI/Best Days are used when main roads are clear but some side roads are not clear enough for buses to travel safely.  Our goal is to reduce the loss of instructional time as students continue working at home and teachers remain available through email, Skype, phone, or other methods of communication.

A winter storm warning is in place for Nelson County from 4 a.m. Friday morning through 1 a.m. Saturday. The warning area is indicated in pink on the accompanying map. The purple area indicates a winter storm watch.

The National Weather Service predicts that rain will continue to fall Thursday night into Friday morning, and will change from rain to freezing rain from west to east on Friday morning. The precipitation will transition to accumulating snow by late Friday afternoon.

Ice accumulations of up to 1/4 of an inch are possible by early afternoon Friday, with 3 to 5 inches of snow possible in the Louisville metro area, and lesser amounts — 1 to 3 inches of snow — expected for Nelson County.

Travel is expected to become hazardous by early Friday afternoon.

Chances for additional snow are in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.

For additional cancellation announcements Friday morning, tune in at 6:30 a.m. to “Wake Up With Fred” on WBRT 1320 AM or 97.1 FM.

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