More winter conditions expected; crews continue to work around the clock to clear roads

February 16, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer today joined National Weather Service’s Meteorologist-in-Charge John Gordon, Public Works Director Vanessa Burns and Resilience and Community Services (RCS) Director Tameka Laird to provide an update on the city’s response to Winter Storm Uri.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports the city received just under five inches of snow and sleet yesterday at Bowman Field. Major roadways are in fair driving condition, and the Metro Snow Team remains out treating and plowing the roads and will continue through the duration of the event. Crews have been applying salt at 600 lbs. per lane miles of roadway, treating roads with calcium chloride to make them as safe as possible. LMPD reported very few auto collisions overnight and into the morning.

“I want to thank our residents for doing the smart thing and not going out unless they absolutely had to,” said the Mayor. “Our crews have been working around the clock since Sunday and they remain on the roads working 12-hour shifts, so please be patient and hold off on unnecessary travel.”

The NWS anticipates light snow showers and snow flurries will be possible across the region this morning and should diminish during the afternoon hours. Tonight will be cold with low temperatures in the single digits. Wind chills tomorrow morning will be in the single digits as well. Attention will then turn to the possibility of another winter storm affecting the region sometime late tomorrow through early Friday morning. 

To stay informed on the Snow Team’s progress, click on the METRO SNOW MAP

Vulnerable residents

RCS remains in constant contact with the Coalition for the Homeless to ensure shelter space is available.

“As we expect to see temperatures drop into the teens and single digits, our biggest concern right now is cold weather and keeping our most vulnerable residents safe from the harsh winter conditions,” said the Mayor.

Laird provided an updated list of available shelters and encouraged unsheltered residents to contact the Single Point of Entry to inquire about shelter options. Staff can be reached at 502-637-2337 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

“I commend these dedicated frontline workers, and the countless outreach teams, who provide these essential services for individuals experiencing homelessness,” she said. “I also want to assure all who are seeking shelter that our community’s shelters have been and continue to follow safe, COVID-19 guidelines.”

Operation White Flag goes into effect when the temperature or wind chill is below 35 degrees.

Shelter availability:

  • Southend Street Angels is hosting a 24-hour low-barrier shelter at Grace Church, 6901 Mt. Calvary Drive, until 7 a.m. Wednesday. They will accept singles and couples with a 15-bed capacity. Pets are accepted. Call Amanda at 435-7064.
  • Vincent de Paul, 1034 S. Jackson St., has shelter space available (for men only).
  • Wayside Christian Mission, 432 E. Jefferson St., has shelter space available and is operating 24/7. Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888. Pets are accepted in the Low Barrier Shelter at Wayside. During White Flag, previously barred clients are allowed inside, except for those barred for violence against staff or other clients.
  • Salvation Army, 911 S. Brook St., is operating a Healthy Day Shelter location at their campus with a 400-person capacity. No reservations are required. They also are operating a Healthy Overnight Shelter with a 70-bed capacity for men and women at the Brook Street campus. Call 502-671-4904 to check bed availability.
  • The Healing Place (for men only) at 1020 W. Market St. has a 48-bed capacity. Call 502-585-4848 to check bed availability.
  • Overflow Capacity: In addition, Wayside Mission, which operates Hotel Louisville, can make overflow/shelter beds available if needed. Call 502-389-9009. Transportation Available to Shelters: Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888. How the Community Can Assist: Ending homelessness remains a community challenge, and urge concerned residents to help with donations.

The city’s Meals on Wheels frozen meal deliveries today are being rescheduled and Senior Nutrition distribution sites will be closed. The Senior Nutrition team delivered 45 food boxes on Monday to individuals who expressed a critical need for food. Homebound seniors continue to be contacted by RCS staff for health check-ins and to check food supply. 

Drop-off locations for the Eviction Prevention, Metro Utility Assistance and the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) programs are closed today due to inclement weather. Applicants with scheduled appointments today and yesterday will be provided an extension for submitting documentation through Friday, Feb. 26.



Due to icy conditions, LMPD will be responding to motor vehicle collisions only. LMPD is asking motorists to exchange information such as names, addresses, and auto insurance information. LMPD also requests that motorists go to its website at click on the ‘services’ tag to report an accident and download the Kentucky Civilian Traffic Collision Report and fill in the requested information.



The LouVax vaccination site at Broadbent Arena is closed today.

Appointments for those scheduled to receive their vaccinations today are canceled. Those individuals will receive an email from [email protected] inviting them to reschedule according to their availability. The LouVax team will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow to ensure the lot has been properly cleaned and salted for the safety of staff, volunteers and motorists arriving for the vaccine.

The team will continue to monitor tomorrow evening’s weather, and decisions will be made and announced by 6 a.m. Thursday. Operations are expected to resume normal hours on Friday.

On Saturday, the LouVax site is extending its hours for a one-time event from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for required second-dose appointments.



The Louisville Free Public Library will operate on a modified schedule for today. Library staff will contact everyone with appointments to confirm or reschedule, depending on patrons' preferences. As conditions change, please check the Library's website,, or social media for updates.



LG&E’s reminds everyone to stay away from fallen lines and treat them as dangerous live wires. LG&E customers should call (502) 589-1444 to notify the utilities of the location of any downed powerlines. Customers can view the utilities’ online outage map and report outages online at You can also report an outage by using Outage Texting or the automated phone system.

Louisville Water is responding to emergencies as safety is a priority for employees, customers and the general public. Homeowners should continue to take precautions to prevent their pipes from bursting – wrap exposed pipes with an insulating material, tag outdoor water shut-off valve, cover crawl spaces and outside vents, keep garage doors closed and run a small steady stream of water from a cold-water faucet.


Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible to shovel the sidewalk in front of a house they own or rent in within a timely matter of 24 hours. This includes keeping the area free of all overhanging trees, shrubs, and other debris that block walkways.



All TARC routes are operating on Winter Weather Detours at this time. For real-time updates, and to help plan ahead with a list of the most common detours implemented during severe winter weather, please visit the News & Events page at


Animal Services

Animal House Adoption Center will be closed today. The animal shelter will remain open, and animal control will continue to respond to priority 1 service requests and reports of anima left outside without proper shelter.

To report a neglected pet or animal without proper shelter, call 502-473PETS, or submit a service request at



The Louisville Zoo is closed to the public today. The staff is at the Zoo caring for and feeding the animals as every other day.


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