Henry County under an Ice Storm Warning

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By The Staff

Henry County is under an ice storm warning until 9 a.m. Friday.

• The National Weather Service in Louisville Web site states that an ice storm warning is in effect for all of north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana.

"An area of low pressure is developing over the souther Plains and will move northeast toward the Ohio Valley tonight," a statement on the NWS Web site states. "Ahead of this system .... warm, moist air is spreading over the top of a preexisting cold air mass. This has set the stage for widespread freezing rain and sleet."

The NWS is calling for up to one-half inch of ice accumulation.

• Concerns about the ice storm led both Henry County Public and Eminence Independent Schools to dismiss school early. HCPS sent all students home at 11:30 this morning, while EIS was set to release students at 1 p.m. Additionally, all extra-curricular activities, including the EHS basketball game against St. Francis, at EIS for Thursday afternoon and evening have been cancelled.

EIS Superintendent Donald Aldridge said the decision to send students home early came at around 10:30, and was made because of the forecast for ice.

"The radar kept showing it getting here earlier," he said. "They said it was going to hit at 1, and it did."

Aldridgesaid the district might have released students earlier, but one class was on a field trip in Louisville. "We got them back here at 12," he said, adding that the students were scheduled to stop and eat somewhere. Instead, the students returned to the school without stopping, and were fed in the cafeteria, along with the rest of the student population.

"I contacted the principals ... and (we) juggled some food schedules and all the kids got to eat in the school (lunch) room.

At around 1:45 p.m., Aldridge said the last student was being dropped off. He did not yet know if Eminence would hold school Friday. That call, he said, will come at about 5 a.m. Friday morning.

• State and county road departmentswere on the roads for snow and ice removal.

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