Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Warns Kentuckians to Prepare for Winter Storm

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 04, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Make plans now for elderly, neighbors, child care and employees

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear warned Kentuckians to prepare for heavy snows, poor driving conditions, flooding and possible power outages as another strong winter storm bears down on the Commonwealth.

“Even though the predicted snowfalls vary, it’s clear that this winter storm will pack another wallop,” said Gov. Beshear. “The potential for hazardous travel is high, because the rain prevents road crews from pre-treating highways with brine. Stay tuned to local weather forecasts and make sure your home is stocked with emergency supplies.”

A strong weather system bringing a combination of heavy rain, snow and sleet is forecast. Rains will soak areas throughout most of the state today. As temperatures drop, rain will change to sleet and freezing rain, followed by snow. The National Weather Service projects 8-10 inches of snow much of the state.

Melting snow from the most recent storm, combined with heavy rains today and more snow and freezing temperatures tonight, create the potential for emergencies such as flooding, slides, rock falls, downed trees and ice, among others. Drivers are urged to be alert to changing road conditions as this storm continues.

Gov. Beshear has directed Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to make necessary preparations for response as soon as snow and sleet begin to fall. KYEM is ready to assist counties with any emergency needs, and KYTC crews are poised to begin plowing roads throughout the state. The Governor will remain in close contact with state agencies and will monitor local emergency reports to determine if a new statewide emergency declaration will be necessary.

A statewide emergency declaration does not create mandatory closings for schools or businesses. Kentuckians should monitor local media for announcements of school or work closings. Employees should consult their employers’ policies regarding inclement weather for guidance on attendance or leave time.

“If you can stay off the roads, please do so. Our road crews are ready to clear the roads, but the job is faster and easier if the roads are empty,” said Gov. Beshear. “Most of all, please check on your neighbors and the elderly to make sure folks are safe and warm as the storm comes through.”