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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — Gov. Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency following heavy snowfall that started earlier Thursday.

The severe weather has affected travel on major interstates, and state and local roadways as well as causing power outages and damage to public infrastructure and private properties.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky State Police are working all interstates.

In a news release, the governor said the Kentucky National Guard is activated at all interstate closures and standing by on others without closures. Search and rescue teams are activated for safety checks on stranded motorists. And the Red Cross is monitoring the need for warming centers.

“We are urging Kentuckians to stay off the roads if possible,” Beshear said. “The weather we are continuing to see across Kentucky is dangerous.”

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued in portions of central Kentucky north of the western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways, and FOX 56’s Weather Authority reported, Snow amounts will range from 2-6 inches in the Bluegrass to 4-8 inches in southern and southeastern Kentucky.

The Governor joins other community leaders in urging Kentuckians to avoid travel due to hazardous road conditions and reports of multiple accidents.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requests:

  • Limit travel to what’s necessary when snow and ice are on the roads;
  • Give snow plows and crew members plenty of room on the road;
  • Ensure personal vehicles are winter ready, with the recommendation of keeping an emergency kit in vehicles; and
  • Mask up to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect against the quarantine of plow crews essential to roadway treatment.

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