Service issues blizzard watch in western Ky.

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Associated Press

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a blizzard watch for parts of western Kentucky as an approaching cold front brings high winds and possible snow for the Christmas holiday.

The watch issued Monday afternoon covers Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken, Livingston, Crittenden, Union, Webster and Henderson counties until Wednesday morning. Kentucky's Mississippi River and Ohio River border counties are expecting 4 inches or more of snow.

The storm is projected to bring rain and snowfall on a line extending from New Madrid, Mo., across Paducah and to around Evansville, Ind., with winds around 25 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says trucks have been fueled and loaded with salt and snow plows and able to dispatch as quickly as possible.

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