LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A mass of arctic air is expected to bring snow and subzero temperatures as it begins to move across Kentucky on Sunday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for areas of the state near the Ohio River, including much of western Kentucky and the metro Louisville area.
Forecasters say 8 inches of snow or more is possible in areas of western Kentucky by late Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Louisville is expected to get up to 6 inches of snow and a large section of central Kentucky could get up to 4 inches.
After the snowfall, temperatures are expected to plummet by Monday morning to 0 or below in much of the state. With the wind chill factored in, it could feel like 30 below.
Paducah Weather Service Meteorologist Christine Wielgos said it has been decades since such frigid temperatures hit the area.
She says that if the temperatures fall as much as predicted, "it's definitely record-breaking."
Organizations including churches and the Salvation Army plan to open warming centers in some cities.
Meanwhile, state agencies have put out notices advising people on how to safely use supplemental heat and how to keep pipes from bursting.
Fire Marshal William Swope says most home-heating fires involve portable heaters and space heaters. He said the items should be kept at least 3 feet away from furniture, walls, curtains or anything that can catch fire and should be turned off while sleeping.
The Kentucky Division of Water also has issued advice to help keep water pipes from bursting. The agency says residents should wrap pipes and run a trickle of water from a cold faucet farthest from the water meter or one that has frozen before. People can also open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around pipes.