FRANKFORT, Ky. — A State of Emergency is still in effect as officials prepare for more snow, sleet and freezing rain across Kentucky this week.
Governor Andy Beshear said people should limit travel as much as possible Monday and Tuesday, both to keep drivers safe from dangerous road conditions and allow for crews to clear out major roadways.
"We did not make it through almost a year of a pandemic to lose people to a snow or ice storm," Beshear said.
Most of the state is under a Winter Storm for Monday. Areas around Louisville are expected to get anywhere from six to 10 inches of snow from this storm. The heaviest snowfall is expected before rush hour Monday afternoon, with accumulation rates around one to two inches per hour.
"This storm will impact most of our counties, and should be considered a very dangerous system," said Michael Dossett, executive director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray said the upcoming snow, sleet and freezing rain will not only impact roadways, but bring more cases of downed power lines and trees. Gray said crews took the break between winter storms to restock salt supplies and clear off roads and debris.
"What we're facing is three winter storms in seven days," Gray said.
The National Guard has been alerted, and Beshear said one unit is currently working in Ashland to check on some of the areas most rural residents who lost power.
Crews with KYTC worked overnight Sunday to prepare for the Monday morning commute. Road conditions varied across the Commonwealth as some areas, including Eastern Kentucky, saw more freezing rain and sleet than snow.
Gray said crews will continue to work throughout the week to clear up roads, but echoed Beshear's push to remain home if possible.
The governor also announced the regional vaccine site in Frankfort will be closed Tuesday due to weather. He said the state believes all vaccines will be fine as appointments get pushed back one week.