Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Warns Kentuckians to Prepare for Freezing Rain, Ice

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 20, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Emergency management recommends clearing storm sewers to prevent local flooding

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Another significant winter storm is headed for the Commonwealth, bringing a potentially dangerous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.  Governor Steve Beshear warned Kentuckians to prepare for hazardous driving conditions, flash flooding or power outages.

“This weather system is changing as it approaches the state, so it’s very important to monitor local weather forecasts for the latest outlook for your community,” said Gov. Beshear.  “As always, remember to check on your neighbors and the elderly, as ice creates especially hazardous conditions.”

The storm will start as snow, transition to sleet and freezing rain before turning to heavy rain as temperatures warm on Saturday.  Regions of the state will experience different impacts from this weather system. Forecasts are not finalized, and citizens are urged to continually monitor local weather forecast updates.

“We encourage Kentuckians to remain watchful and have an emergency plan,” KYEM Director Michael Dossett said. “The State Emergency Operations Center will remain open and activated throughout this event in support of local emergency management efforts.”

Rain coupled with frozen ground surface could cause flash flooding along small rural streams and in urban areas. Storm drains blocked by snow and ice may contribute to localize urban flooding. Homeowners can help by checking storm drains in front of their residences and removing any snow or debris in order to allow clear access for drainage.

During extreme weather, the best advice is to stay home, but if you must travel, take emergency kit along (including blankets), allow extra time, take it slow and allow plenty of space between vehicles.  Never drive through flooded areas.  Remember: stop, turn around, don’t drown.

Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website at, by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers. 

Additional winter safety tips, including winter driving tips, can be found on the KYEM web site at . Follow KYEMPIO on Twitter and ‘like’ KYEM on Facebook.