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Mild Winter Brings Welcome Respite and Mixed Blessings

by Rick Howlett on February 24, 2012

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This winter could to go into the books as one of this region’s milder cold weather seasons.

The moderate conditions have been a welcome relief to most, but a mixed blessing to some.

You might think south Louisville hardware store owner Mike Girard has been taking a financial hit with slower sales this season of snow shovels, ice melt and sleds, but after 36 years in business, he’s accustomed to seasonal ebbs and flows.

“You can get the big spurts and have two or three or four days of weather and once you’re out of the stuff, you’re out of it, and that’s it. And usually it goes back to below par. So, while you’ll get a good spurt sometimes, in the long run, we’d much prefer to have a couple of months of mild weather and go straight into spring,” Girard said.

Girard says the drop in sales of winter items has largely been offset by a brisker business in building materials to contractors taking advantage of more outdoor work days.

So what’s causing the unseasonably mild winter? Meteorologist Tom Reaugh with the National Weather Service in Louisville says it’s the result of a cooling of waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, an event better known as La Nina.

“Typically, when we’re in a La Nina, the Ohio and Tennessee valleys experience winters that are warmer and wetter than normal. And indeed we’ve seen quite a bit warmer than normal temperatures this winter and a resulting lack of snowfall as well,” Reaugh said.

The Louisville area can get more than 15 inches of snow over a given winter, but the biggest storm of this season struggled to leave an inch on the ground, much to the dismay of sledders and snowman builders.

Jefferson County Public Schools shut down for two days this academic year because of weather, but that was in August, when high winds caused some power outages.

While Louisville’s Public Works Department has applied hundreds of tons of salt to roadways in anticipation of several snow events this season, spokeswoman Lindsay English says that’s a drop in the bucket compared to most years.

The department projects a savings of about $3.5 million, money that will help pay down the city’s budget deficit. Now, crews are getting a head start on road improvements. [click to continue…]

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JCPS Dismissing Early

by Gabe Bullard January 12, 2012

Due to predicted winter weather, Jefferson County Public Schools will dismiss two hours early today: Middle and high schools at 12:20 pm Elementary schools at 1:45 pm Afternoon early childhood education is also cancelled

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by Gabe Bullard January 2, 2012

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Louisville and surrounding areas. Less than half an inch of snow is predicted, but the combination of precipitation, wind and cold temperatures is expected to make roadways slick for morning commutes. Louisville Public Works officials tweeted around 9 pm that crews were salting roads in […]

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Louisville Metro Prepared for Snowstorms, Uses Social Media

by Devin Katayama November 15, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the city will use social media to communicate with the public during snow storms this year. Fischer announced winter weather plans while surrounded by members of the city’s snow team. The public will now be able to follow updates on the Twitter feed @LouSnowPlow or the Metro Public Works Facebook […]

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Surprise Winter Weather Blankets Western Kentucky With Snow

by Gabe Bullard February 7, 2011

The National Weather Service in Paducah says parts of Marshall County were hit with eight to ten inches. As the storm moves east, other parts of the state may get between two and four inches, and northern Kentucky may have half an inch of accumulation or less.

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Light Snow Expected Today

by Todd Mundt February 7, 2011

The temperature is in the upper 30’s this morning, but it’s expected to drop to near freezing in the next couple hours. As that happens, the light rain will change over to snow. The snow isn’t expected to be heavy, but it could range from 1-2 inches. Most of the snow accumulation will be on grass and elevated surfaces, but roads and overpasses might become slushy.

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Most Severe Weather To Stay North Of Louisville

by Gabe Bullard February 1, 2011

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Schoettmer says Louisville and southern Indiana will see rain for most of Tuesday. The storm could bring about an inch of snow to the area, but Schoettmer says the wind is the biggest threat.

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Snow To Be Followed By Cold Front

by Gabe Bullard January 10, 2011

Forecasters are predicting two and four inches of snow for the Louisville area Tuesday. After that, a cold front will come through, bringing winds and frigid temperatures for much of the week. National Weather Service meteorologist John Denman says the snow and cold is the latest in what has been a surprisingly chilly and wet winter.

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Christmas Eve Snow Predicted For Area

by Rick Howlett December 23, 2010

Meteorologist John Denman says temperatures on Christmas Day will only be in the 20s, with snow flurries or light snow possible.

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Precipitation Expected For Holiday Weekend

by Gabe Bullard December 20, 2010

There is a slight chance of rain and snow showers from Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon, but, following that, much of this week’s weather will be relatively mild.

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