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Say it ain't snow! Schools close as Central Kentucky gets hit by season's first winter storm

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 18:29:15-05

SALVISA, Ky. (LEX 18) — For a kid, there is nothing like hearing that automated phone message at 6 am on a school day. You know the one, that goes something like: “Due to inclement weather conditions,” and ends with, “schools will be closed today.” Our first winter storm of the season didn’t dump a lot of snow on Central Kentucky (1.6 inches to be exact), but bitter cold temperatures led to patches of ice, which made for a challenging morning commute in many areas.

“You get in some of these spots where the roads are steep, a little curvy, makes it kind of tough at times,” said Wayne Horne with the Mercer County Road Department. Wayne, for what it’s worth, didn’t feel as if the Mercer County school district overreacted by calling off school for the day. “Probably so, yeah,” he said when asked if the weather warranted a school cancellation. Others in town, weren’t so sure.

“When I was coming up, you needed five or six inches of snow to get out of school,” said Jared White. We found White outside supervising his son as he removed the snow from dad’s car. In other parts of town, it was business as usual.

“A little bit slick in some spots, but not too bad,” said Carrie Deel who drives a delivery truck for Federal Express. “I am from the west coast, so this is like a blizzard,” she joked.

For a blizzard, you might receive that automated message from the district for several days.