Thursday, January 21, 2016

Governor addresses storm warning

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Kentucky as the weather event approaches the Commonwealth. Kentucky officials are coordinating with local officials and emergency personnel. Gov. Bevin urges the public to restrict travel and stay alert. The following is a statement from the governor:

“Over the next 48 hours, a major winter storm is expected to impact many regions of Kentucky — potentially causing ice-related damage, service interruption and impassable roadways.

“The National Weather Service has projected snowfalls of up to a foot or more in most parts of the state. Some areas may experience icing and white-out conditions with wind gusts up to 30 mph. These harsh conditions may complicate our ability to effectively clear the roadways and provide essential services throughout the Commonwealth. With the sheer volume and rate of snowfall expected, it's unlikely that even main roads will be clear until after the storm subsides on Saturday.

“Transportation Cabinet operators and contract crews will work around the clock to help restore roads to their normal conditions. The National Guard has also been placed on high alert to provide assistance during this time.

“Safety is our first priority; so it is very important to restrict travel to a minimum.  I strongly encourage everyone, except in the case of emergency, to stay off the roads and prepare for any inconvenience during this major snow event. Please stay tuned to the latest weather forecasts and avoid all non-essential travel. Your cooperation will give snow-clearing operations the best chance for success in the hours ahead.”