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Winter keeps firm grip on the Commonwealth, most schools closed again due to snow


The winter of 2016 isn’t releasing its grip on Kentucky school districts this week, with most schools closed for a second day and an even larger storm predicted for some parts of the Commonwealth starting early Friday.

According to news media outlets linked on the KSBA winter closing web page, students are missing classes Thursday in at least 140 school systems. That compares to more than 160 districts closed on Wednesday (KSBA Photo)

According to news media outlets linked on the KSBA winter closing web page, students are missing classes Thursday in at least 140 school systems. That compares to more than 160 districts closed on Wednesday (KSBA Photo)

Most school districts canceled had canceled Friday classes by late Thursday. Also closed were most colleges, including the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and Transylvania University. Gov. Matt Bevin shut down state government except for essential personnel and the Kentucky General Assembly canceled House and Senate meetings for Friday.

According to news media outlets linked on the KSBA winter closing web page, students are missing classes Thursday in at least 140 school systems. That compares to more than 160 districts closed on Wednesday.

Like Wednesday, the closings stretched to all borders of the state. Among those closed are the state’s three largest school systems in Boone, Fayette and Jefferson counties.

However, a few more districts, including many independent systems, reported plans to make a go of classes Thursday by using one-to-two-hour delayed starts.

Readers may track district announcements for Friday throughout the day by clicking on the KSBA website here.

Friday’s forecast has gone back and forth about how much snow and/or freezing rain will hit areas of Kentucky.

Thursday morning, the predictions by the Weather Channel ranged from less than an inch in the north and north central areas of the state to up to 12 inches in the south and southeast. Freezing rain and gusty winds are also possible.

From KSBA Communications


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