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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett believes the Jan. 6 snowstorm was great prep for this weekend’s forecasted winter weather. Officials are preparing for this next storm to also have significant impacts.

“You know this one has a concerning factor, there’s also the opportunity for icing depending on what band you fall in across the commonwealth. There is certainly an opportunity for icing in this one that did not manifest in the one on January 6,” Dossett told FOX 56.

Dossett said 6 to 8 inches of snow is possible in southeast counties and all 120 counties could receive some form of snowfall. He’s advising everyone to avoid travel if necessary.

“First and foremost, don’t get on the highway,” Dossett said. “The best advice to any motorist is don’t get up on the interstate. Please find another time, find another day. If you absolutely have to travel you need to have an emergency kit with you, you need to have blankets, you need to have food and water.”

In the event the weather forces you into a bad situation, Dossett said you should make sure to have enough to sustain you for several hours and to also have a full tank of gas. Dossett also suggested checking on the welfare of neighbors.

Despite ongoing nationwide staffing shortages related to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Dossett said his team is “good to go” and that he has the proper amount of staff needed to respond to the storm. All staff and personnel are mandated to wear KN95 masks, Dossett added.