Kentucky remaining under state of emergency due to new winter storm

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear’s state of emergency issued last week due to severe weather is continuing to include additional winter weather today and tomorrow, and possibly later this week.

A large system is affecting the entire state, with heavy snowfall expected in central and western Kentucky. Meanwhile, in eastern Kentucky, an ice storm is expected to cover the region with a quarter-inch to half-inch of ice, followed by up to an inch of snow.

And while counties in Eastern Kentucky are already struggling with icy conditions, the National Weather Service in Jackson says the bulk of precipitation will not arrive until later Monday afternoon.

Because of the challenges, the state is prioritizing its response to the storm. Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said highway crews will concentrate solely on interstates, parkways and heavily traveled highways at first.

Gov. Beshear also warned Kentuckians who lose power and have to rely on alternative heat sources to keep in mind the dangers of carbon monoxide.