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Governor and state officials warn Kentuckians about winter storm

Beshear
Posted at 4:29 PM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 23:33:49-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — With a round of winter storms around the corner, the governor's office is also warning Kentuckians across the state of more snow and ice.

As our Stormtracker team has reported, we're expecting several inches of snow across central Kentucky, as well as freezing temperatures.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews will be out in full force, focusing on treating interstates, parkways, and other high-travelled roads.

This round of weather comes just a few days after a round of freezing rain and ice hit parts of Kentucky.

"We took advantage of the break in the weather this weekend to replenish salt inventories in our highway district maintenance facilities," said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray. "Our crews will be working tirelessly to clear roads of snow, but ice poses serious challenges and risks to highway safety; so I continue to urge Kentuckians to restrict travel as much as possible."

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management has activated the state's Emergency Operations Center to assist first responders and help coordinate transportation, utility, and power crews to respond when needed. The EOC is operating at Level 4 currently and is scheduled to transition to Level 3 on Monday.

If you experience a power outage, make sure to contact your utility company.

On Sunday, it was also announced that the Kentucky House and Senate will not be convening on Tuesday due to the winter storm. The next day of the legislative session will be Wednesday, Feb. 17. The final day to file bills will now be Thursday, Feb. 18.

Due to last week's severe weather, all vaccination appointments at Kroger regional sites were moved from Thursday, Feb. 11 to Thursday, Feb. 18 to ensure the safety of everyone involved. It is not learned if this round of weather could impact state vaccination sites for this week at this time.

We have learned that the Woodford County Health Department has postponed its clinic scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15. If you had an appointment scheduled for that day, you will be contacted to be rescheduled.