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    During a 3:30pm early news program on WHAS11, a press conference was held highlighting comments from Mayor Greg Fischer and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens about the recent winter storm and the impact on the Louisville area. After comments and updates were given from Louisville's Mayor, Donna Hargens spoke and announced that Jefferson County Public Schools would again be closed on Wednesday, February 18. "We can't safely transport our 77,000 students, therefore schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18," said Hargens.  She went on to explain that 12 out of 13 JCPS bus compounds whose drivers were out checking their routes today said it wasn't safe to be on the roads. During the press conference, the Mayor also announced that Jefferson Catholic Schools in Louisville asked them to alert parents that they would close as well. Mayor Greg Fischer and Donna Hargens both suggested reading books, doing something productive with children tomorrow, and using the website Wonderopolis to enhance fun learning at home during these ongoing snow days.

    Mayor Greg Fischer said the libraries are open, the city's community centers are open, and the parks are open. He encouraged residents to get out if you can safely, get active, and take part in activities going on around the city. Sledding is of course an option; check out some sledding hills and rules hereThe Parklands of Floyds Fork has mentioned on their Facebook page that they have actively worked to clear roads and paths throughout their parks system, and they also offer sledding options. 

    What else can families and kids who are home again on Wednesday do around town? Check out this post about places to head for indoor fun.

    Some programs happening at the Louisville Free Public Libraries on Wednesday:

    Baby storytimes, toddler storytimes, preschool storytimes at various branches starting at 9:15am.  There are many other programs such as a knitting club at Okolona at1pm, a drop in craft at Shawnee from 3pm-5pm, and a teen game challenge at Southwest at 3:30pm. See the entire day's calendar of events here.

    Check the LouisvilleKy.gov website for up to date information. The Metro Parks Community Centers are open, and according to the website, "Metro Parks operates community centers, where you can shoot hoops, finish homework, get in shape, learn a new craft or hobby, and more! Call or visit your neighborhood community center for more information. Most of our community centers can also be reserved for meeting space or private gym time.  The community centers are: Allgeier, Baxter, Beechmont, California, Douglass, Flaget Senior Center, Newburg, Parkhill, Portland, Shelby Park, Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, Sun Valley, South Louisville, Southwick, and Wilderness Road.

    The orange flag warning is up: protect your pets and remember to bring pets indoors.

    More snow and bitter cold are headed to the area. A Winter Weather Advisory in in effect until Wednesday (1-3 inches of snow could be expected) with record breaking cold settling in early Thursday morning into Friday.

    Photo courtesy of shutterstock.com/Arve Bettum 

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    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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