FRANKFORT, KY. - (Jan 15, 2013) - State and local officials are preparing to respond as a winter storm approaches the Commonwealth.
Meteorologists predict a mix of precipitation across the state, including possible ice, sleet, freezing rain and snow with minor accumulation possible. The winter weather is expected to enter Kentucky this afternoon and continue overnight into early Wednesday morning before tapering off.
The path and impact of the storm is uncertain at this time. A slight variation in temperatures will make a big difference in which areas may see only sleet and which may experience ice or freezing rain. A combination of precipitation is also possible.
The National Weather Service (NWS), Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), state and local officials are working together to prepare for the impending winter system.
Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Commonwealth Emergency Operation Center (CEOC), located in Frankfort, has issued a standby order to key personnel, and staffers are in contact with KYEM Regional Managers, the Department of Transportation Operation Center, Kentucky State Police and local elected officials.
KYEM Director John Heltzel said. "The uncertainty of this storm makes it difficult to pinpoint the area and any type of impact. I advise citizens to monitor local broadcast stations and weather alert radios. If you do not have to travel, stay in. If you must travel, use caution and drive slowly, maintaining plenty of stopping distance."
Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Department of Transportation's Web site at www.511.ky.gov, by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers .
Winter safety tips, including winter driving tips, can be found on the KYEM web site at www.kyem.ky.gov.
Regional and statewide forecast and updates, watches or alerts can be found at www.weather.gov.