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'These storms have been dangerous': Gov. Beshear warns about next round of winter weather

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Posted at 4:46 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 16:54:30-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Round three of the winter weather is on its way to central Kentucky as we continue to dig out from the latest snow and ice.

On Wednesday morning, a rare sight, the sun, poked its head out over Lexington.

That provided time for road crews across the state to restock, repair machines, and relax.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Governor Beshear said warmer weather is on the way, but we first have to get through more ice and snow.

"There is still snow, sleet, and freezing rain in the forecast. These storms have been dangerous. They have created hazardous road conditions and they've led to fatalities and closures as these temperatures are very, very low," said Beshear.

Governor Beshear said the State Emergency Operations Center is currently activated at Level 3, supporting the power outage response and the winter storm recovery. As of Wednesday morning, 44 counties and 24 cities have declared states of emergency.

Beshear said despite the incoming storms, the Kroger vaccination sites will be open on Thursday. He said there are options if the weather proves to be too much.

"Rescheduling is now easier than ever for people who can't make it. So if we use that option, then those that can get there safely, we want to be able to get vaccinated. So let me tell everybody, if it's too dangerous for you, if you look outside and the road you live on is in bad shape, it's okay to reschedule. We want to make sure we can get you that vaccine," said Beshear.

If it's too difficult or dangerous for Kentuckians to reach their appointments, people should reschedule using the link in their appointment confirmation email.

If Kentuckians lose power, they should call their utility company.