State Emergency Operations Center Remains Activated
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 17, 2015) - The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains activated as another winter weather system is expected to bring additional snow to the Commonwealth. National Weather Service offices in Kentucky have issued Winter Weather Advisories for snow in effect for 5:00 p.m. EST Tuesday to 7:00 p.m. EST Wednesday. The advisories call for an additional one to three inches of new snow and snow squalls with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Bitter Arctic air is also in the forecast and temperatures are expected to dip well below zero Wednesday and Thursday nights. Complete weather forecasts by region can be found at www.weather.gov.
New snow accumulations will hamper the ongoing efforts to clear roadways of yesterday’s snowfall and will continue to create hazardous driving conditions.
Governor Beshear declared a statewide emergency Monday afternoon. As a result of yesterday’s snow event, KYEM has received 66 county emergency declarations and 16 city emergency declarations. For the complete list of declarations, please see our website at www.kyem.ky.gov.
There are no reported injuries or deaths associated with this event. There have been no major power outages during this event
Officials encourage citizens to refrain from unnecessary travel; allowing roads crews unimpeded ability to continue clearing roads. Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website at www.511.ky.gov, by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers
Those using auxiliary heating devices should be familiar with the manufacturer’s warnings, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to safely operate their units. A Center for Disease Control carbon monoxide poison fact sheet is available at http://www.cdc.gov/co/factsheets.htm .
Additional winter safety tips, including winter driving tips, can also be found on the KYEM website at www.kyem.ky.gov. Kentuckians can also follow KYEMPIO on Twitter and 'like' on Facebook.