Winter storm with icy blast still threatens much of Kentucky | News

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Governor Andy Beshear provided an update on the state’s response to the winter weather system that prompted the issuance of ice storm and winter storm warnings, as well as an advisory wintry weather for all of Kentucky through Friday. .

At a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Capitol, the governor noted that while the latest forecast has reduced snow and ice totals in some areas, the state of emergency he declared Wednesday remains. in force.

“I want to be clear,” he said, “this is still a severe weather event that can cause significant damage to the people of Kentucky, if we’re not careful. Message number one is to stay off the roads, if possible.

He says dangerous travel conditions are expected through Friday, prompting a second day in a row to close state government offices. The General Assembly also announced that it would not sit on Friday.

While many Kentuckians remember the 2003 Lexington and 2009 statewide ice storms, Beshear says it won’t be on the scale of those winter weather events. “2009 was one of the worst we’ve ever seen, but it’s still going to be very dangerous, and we need people to react accordingly.”

With the possibility of widespread power outages, Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett said there are more than two dozen warming stations available across the state.

Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said snow removal crews took advantage of the lull between storms to restock salt and other materials, as well as prepare equipment. “More than 1,500 pieces of equipment are active, as are more than 2,000 Highways Department employees.”

With the state of emergency, Kentucky’s anti-tariff laws are in effect and will be enforced by Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.

“We’ve enabled our online price gouging form to make it easy for Kentucky residents to report suspected price gouging related to forecast snow and ice storms,” ​​Cameron said. “Our goal is to protect the people of Kentucky from predatory prices that may arise due to inclement weather. Report price gouging immediately by visiting ag.ky.gov/pricegouging.

John Gordon, who heads the National Weather Service office in Louisville, says there will be problems even after the storm passes. “Friday night is not a good night, very cold and freezing with temperatures in the single digits, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Saturday morning lows of 2-3 degrees below zero.”

Gordon adds that temperatures in most of Kentucky will not exceed freezing until Sunday.

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