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Reporter Tom Novelly braved the cold weather early Wednesday in downtown Louisville
Louisville Courier Journal

The polar swirl is here and many in Louisville stayed home – including several school areas – because of the dangerously cold wind temperatures that dropped as low as 17 below zero in Louisville, according to the National Weather Service.

Beware of slippery roads and stay inside. It gets cold.

Here's what to know about today's weather:

Wednesday weather forecast

Bundle up, Louisville, especially this morning, says National Weather Service Meteorologist Ron Steve.

Wind radiation will be between minus 15 and minus 20 degrees for around noon Wednesday, Steve said.

"You think it's cold now?" he said. "It gets cold … We have a little cold air on the way in and it gets windy."

While the winds will die down as the day continues, the temperature in the individual digits will remain through late Thursday morning.

"It still gets ridiculously cold out there," Steve said.

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Evening, 2.3 inches of snow fell on Louisville airport, although most locations in Jefferson County experienced between 1 and 2 inches.

There will be a few blizzards tomorrow, but Steve said he doesn't expect more accumulation.

An advisory advice applies until noon. Wednesday in Louisville and until 9am. for Southern Indiana, according to the National Weather Service.

The Arctic winds can lead to frostbite within 30 minutes, Steve warned.

Will the post office be open?

Susan Wright, spokeswoman for the US postal service, says letter carriers deliver mail Wednesday in Jefferson County.

"Our letter carriers deliver today," Wright says. "We emphasize to our employees that they should be careful if they feel numbness on their hands or feet and immediately follow the protocol by taking rest periods in a hot and dry place. We also suggest that airlines should return to the office if they feel the weather threatens their health. "

USPS did not deliver mail in several states on Wednesday due to the cold.

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Road conditions

Most major states around Louisville were virtually free of snow Wednesday morning, but secondary surface streets in neighborhoods of Hikes Point to Portland remained smooth with snow and ice during midday. Some parts of major traffic areas remained snow-covered and unplugged, including western parts of Broadway near Shawnee Park.

Also: After bitterly cold wind radiation, here's what to expect Thursday night [19659005] MetroSafe dispatchers reported the slippery, snow-covered roads have led to a few fender benders, but no damage goes break. There was also an uptick in stranded drivers calling.

Officials urge motorists to take their time on the road this morning, as not all streets are free of snow and the extremely cold temperatures make salt less effective.

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Here is a look at wind chill forecast for Louisville:

Wednesday

8:00: -14 degrees

kl. 11: -17 degrees

at. 14: -9 degrees

5 to 11 pm: -6 to -5 degrees

] Thursday

8:00: -1 degrees

14:00: 15 degrees [19659005] 11: 19 degrees

How Louisville handles the cold

The homeless camps on Jefferson Street, during the interstate 65 transition, were relatively quiet early on Wednesday morning.

While the sidewalks are typically dotted with men and women in sleeping bags, empty blankets and loose belongings were left unattended.

Many of them went to the nearby Wayside Christian Mission on Jefferson Street, where tiered Louisvillians were in line for a hot meal and a soothing sleep in a warm building.

"Last night we saw more people than ever before," said Aaron Jones, an employee of the Wayside Christian Mission. "Fortunately, we have overflow rooms. If anyone needs space, we have to make room for them."

Downtown, there wasn't much pedestrian traffic, and the roads remained clear. But overnight flurries and fresh powder coated a lot of neighborhood roads outside downtown such as Phoenix Hill, Nulu, Shawnee and Old Louisville.

The cold weather also led to precautions and reactions to keep the animals safe.

Between early Tuesday and early Wednesday afternoon, Louisville Metro Animal Services received approx. 100 calls were requested for control of animals outside.

Spokesman Teeya Barnes said the department has customized staff to monitor more incoming calls. She encouraged those who see a scam animal to bring them in, if it is safe to do so, as workers cannot react at all places.

Louisville Zoo closed its doors Wednesday and brought many of its animals inside to keep warm. Those who are more likely to enjoy cold, including sole polar bears, Qannik, sea lions and seals, all still have access to the exterior of their cabinet.

School Closing List

  • Anti-theft Foundation of Louisville – CLOSED
  • Bullitt County Public Schools – CLOSED
  • Clarksville Community Schools – CLOSED (Makeup day February 18)
  • Greater Clark County (Indiana) – CLOSED (Athletic team practice may occur between 13:00 and 18:00 Wednesday after coach's discretion) [19659148] Jefferson County Public Schools – CLOSED (Makeup Day will be March 28)
  • New Albany Floyd County Schools – CLOSED
  • Oldham County Schools – CLOSED (School Enrichment Centers opens at 8:00 am Makeup Day will be May 30.)
  • Shelby County Public Schools – CLOSED (Operate as SnoGo Day)
  • Spencer County Schools – CLOSED (Babysitting childcare will be open)

College campuses closed

  • University of Louisville [19659148] University of Kentucky [19659148] Bellarm in ne University
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Spalding University
  • Sullivan University
  • Kentucky State University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Morehead State University
  • East Kentucky University
  • Indiana University
  • 19659148] Indiana Tech

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Parts of the Midwest tighten their coldest temperatures for decades this week, with Tuesday evening conditions predicted to feel like 50 degrees below zero or colder in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa areas. according to AccuWeather.
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What is wind chill?

Wind chill is a figure that takes into account the wind speed and the actual air temperature.

There is a mathematical formula for determining wind cooling. Effective in 2001, the wind formula in mph and Fahrenheit temperatures is: Wind cooling temperature = 35.74 + 0.6215T – 35.75V (** 0.16) + 0.4275TV (** 0.16).

A simpler method for determining the wind chill temperature is by referring to the NWS Wind Chill Chart.

The wind cooler is how cold it actually feels on your skin when the wind is counted, explained Meteorologist Ashley Novak of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, Ohio. [19659176] Wind Chill Chart "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" http://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2015/02/12/WKYC/WKYC/635593679200767908-wind-chil.png "data-mycapture-sm-src =" http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/33d97f8a03d5ea06baca0f7a30eca34c8bd87643/r=500×281/local/-/media/2015/02/12/WKYC/WKYC/635593679200767908- wind-chil.png "/>

Wind Chill Chart (Photo: National Weather Service)