Governor Beshear declares state of emergency following heavy snowfall | News

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency following heavy snowfall that began earlier Thursday and continues tonight across the Commonwealth.

Severe weather affects travel on major highways and national and local roads, as well as power outages and damage to public infrastructure and private property.

Currently, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky State Police are working on all highways. The Kentucky National Guard is activated at all interstate closures and stands apart from others without closures. Search and rescue teams are activated for safety checks on stranded motorists. And the Red Cross is monitoring the need for warming centers.

The governor asked Kentuckians to visit to track dangerous road conditions across the Commonwealth.

“We urge Kentuckians to stay off the roads if possible,” Governor Beshear said. “The weather we continue to see in Kentucky is dangerous.”

Today at 12:30 p.m. EST, Governor Beshear provided an update to Kentuckians and said that due to inclement weather, he closed all office buildings in the state at noon EST. Executive branch agencies will continue to provide services to Commonwealth citizens.

The snow is expected to become moderate to heavy this afternoon. A winter weather advisory has been issued for parts of central Kentucky north of the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways, where 1 to 4 inches of snow can be expected. The heaviest snowfall, 4 to 8 inches, is expected to fall in south-central and eastern Kentucky, roughly from Bowling Green to Richmond.

The governor urged Kentuckians to avoid travel due to hazardous road conditions and reports of multiple crashes. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet district crews pre-treated roads this week, with crews today responding to hazardous roads. The firm asked for the cooperation and partnership of the public, with four specific requests:

– Limit travel to what is strictly necessary when there is snow and ice on the roads;

– Give plows and crew plenty of space on the road;

– Ensure that personal vehicles are winterized, with the recommendation to keep an emergency kit in vehicles; and

– Mask up to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect critical paving crews from quarantine.

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