Weather related news release from Laurel County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff John Root

Laurel County, KY - Sheriff John Root is reporting that severe winter weather is heading for Laurel County late tonight, all day Friday into Saturday. The revised forecast calls for even more ice and snow. The National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky is reporting the following weather information for Laurel County: Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST SATURDAY...

* TIMING...A WINTRY MIX OF FREEZING RAIN...SLEET AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT. THE WINTRY MIX WILL CHANGE OVER TO ALL SNOW FRIDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* MAIN IMPACT...UP TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION WILL BE POSSIBLE BEFORE THE WINTRY MIX CHANGES OVER TO SNOW. SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 9 INCHES WILL OCCUR WITH THIS STORM...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR FROM LATE FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BECOME TREACHEROUS OVERNIGHT AND DURING THE DAY FRIDAY...AND COULD REMAIN SO FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

* OTHER IMPACTS...WIND GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM. THIS WILL LEAD TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW...WHICH COULD FURTHER REDUCE VISIBILITIES. A FEW POWER OUTAGES MAY ALSO BE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Sheriff Root reminds drivers--

Driving on Thursday night and Friday into Saturday should be limited to emergencies only. Roadways in Laurel County will become slick and hazardous, and dangerous winter conditions will exist. Deputies will be on patrol to assist on any traffic and weather related concerns. Shelters will be in place provided by different Laurel County Fire Departments for persons without heat and necessities. Emergencies can be reported to Laurel 911 Dispatch Center at 9-1-1 , and all other concerns to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at 606-864-6600, or the dispatch center's non emergency number-606-878-7000. Updates will follow regularly on the sheriff's Facebook page.

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