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KYEM activates state EOC for Kentucky Winter Storm

"Officials urge citizens to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings. As road conditions will continue to deteriorate, citizens should stay off roadways unless necessary. Black ice and icing on overpasses will occur, causing hazardous driving conditions. Reduce your speed, give yourself extra time and check road conditions before you leave, and for your destination at www.snowky.ky.gov."
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By Monica L. French
News from Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM)

FRANKFORT, KY (Fri 12 Jan 2018) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in response to the winter weather storm crossing the Commonwealth today at 12:00 am. The SEOC activated at a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system. Additional state and private sector partners will be present during the continuing activation on Friday and thereafter as needed.


The winter storm began in Western Kentucky, dropping freezing rain, sleet and snow, and will cross the remainder of Kentucky today and tonight. Conditions are forecast to deteriorate as temperatures fall throughout the day.

Michael E. Dossett, director of KYEM, stated "Our primary mission is to support our counties, their responders and the citizens of the Commonwealth. By being proactive and activating our State Emergency Operations Center, it allows us to quickly and efficiently respond their needs." Dossett continued "A reminder, please give all emergency vehicles a wide birth as they will be out in force during this storm event."

Officials urge citizens to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings. As road conditions will continue to deteriorate, citizens should stay off roadways unless necessary. Black ice and icing on overpasses will occur, causing hazardous driving conditions. Reduce your speed, give yourself extra time and check road conditions before you leave, and for your destination at www.snowky.ky.gov.

Icing is projected with this storm, which could cause minor power outages. If you lose power, have an alternate source ready. However, be aware of the dangers of alternate heat sources and carbon monoxide poisoning. Visit www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm for more information.

If you experience a power outage, please contact your local utility company. They will be able to provide you with information on the duration of your outage.

Always have your winter weather emergency car/home kits ready to include your pets. Visit

www.ready.gov/winter-weather for more complete information on winter weather readiness. Lastly, be a good neighbor! Check on your neighbors, family and friends during emergencies.

For more information about KYEM, visit www.kyem.ky.gov.


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Winter storm began in Columbia on Eastern time



2018-01-12 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The temperature drop to the freezing mark actually happened early, a little after 2pmCT rather than the 3pm predicted this time last evening. Bitter wind made it feel colder than the 32 degrees. This is a photo taken after the snow had been coming down steadily for over an hour and was beginning to show on the the ground. The view is of Grady Loop off Bomar heights in Columbia, KY.

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Snow activity pretty wild right at dusk



2018-01-12 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Shoppers exiting Walmart looked up to see this view of the heavy snow showers in New Columbia at about 5:30pmCT. Temperatures hit the freezing mark mid-afternoon and by this hour had dropped to around 28 degrees.

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Can you count how many Blackbirds there are?



2018-01-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
How many Blackbirds are in this photo? It's a fine, snowy street scene, looking down High Street to Greensburg Street, made better when you try to see just how many birds are in the tree, in the air and on the side of the road.

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