State opens Emergency Operations Center in advance of impending winter storms

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By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management opened the State Emergency Operations Center Tuesday evening with impending winter storms bearing down on the area.

KYEM Spokesperson Monica French says, “Officials urge people to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings,” said KYEM spokesman Monica French. “This storm has the potential of dropping heavy rain, sleet, ice and snow, depending on which area of Kentucky you reside.”

The Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort is warning about the dangers of a potential winter storm through Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today)

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of central and northern Kentucky, north of a line from Shelbyville to Maysville, where up to two inches of snow could fall, along with up to a quarter inch of ice.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for that part of Kentucky north of a line from Mayfield to Ashland, where up to an inch of snow and two-tenths of an inch of ice are possible.

South of that, a flood watch has been posted for most of the rest of Kentucky, where up to two inches of rain could fall, leading to the potential for flooding.

“Roadway conditions will be hazardous,” French said. “Citizens should stay off roadways unless necessary. Black ice and icing on overpasses will occur, causing hazardous driving conditions. Reduce your speed, give yourself extra time, and check road conditions before you leave and for your destination.”

Icing is projected that could cause minor power outages, French said. “If you lose power, have an alternate source ready. However, be aware of the dangers of alternate heat sources and carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Other advice from KYEM: If you experience a power outage, contact the local utility company. They will be able to provide you with information on the duration of the outage.

Heavy rain with this storm will cause flooding in low water crossings and low-lying areas.

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