winter weather

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Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in response to the winter weather storm crossing the Commonwealth. 

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.


East Kentuckians are no strangers to harsh winter weather, having dealt with multiple winter storms in recent years.  While it's been mild recently, now is the time to prepare for the annual return of cold and snow.  The National Weather Service offices that serve the state of Kentucky along with the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee have designated December 1-7 as Winter Weather Awareness Week across the Commonwealth. 


The plow blades have been sharpened. The salt domes are full. It’s snow and ice season, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) maintenance crews are prepared and ready to battle the elements to keep Kentuckians moving this winter.


After declaring another state of emergency for the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear met with state emergency management officials and the Kentucky National Guard on Thursday (March 5) at the Boone Center in Frankfort as part of his monitoring of the recent winter storm.

“We are continuing to direct our road crews, emergency management officials and the National Guard to manage the impact of this second winter storm in as many weeks that hit the Bluegrass yesterday,” Gov. Beshear said.


Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth – the second such declaration in less than a month. 

“Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews and local emergency responders. This emergency declaration will allow us to deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay,” said Gov. Beshear.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Update as of 6am, Thursday, March 5 for the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 including the counties of Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews have been on the road in plow trucks all night and are still plowing and salting as needed - concentrating on I-64, AA Highway, US 23, US 60 and other main Priority A routes - but snow continues to fall at such a rate that snow is piling up behind plows and creating completely covered, slick roads across the district.


Kentucky Emergency Management is preparing for another significant weather system that will cross the Commonwealth today through Thursday. 

KYEM staff is closely monitoring the system and stands ready to assist as needed. The State Emergency Operations Center was opened Tuesday to a Level IV activation to provide enhanced monitoring and situational awareness to our state and county partners, in advance of this complex storm system.

The strong weather system is forecast to bring a combination of heavy rain, snow, sleet, and possible flooding over the next 72 hours. 

Daily Home Remo Tips

Electric power use by customers of Kentucky Utilities could reach record levels by the end of the week if frigid temperatures persist, that’s according to KU’s Media Relations Manager Cliff Feltham.

The bitterly cold weather is increasing demands on the utility’s system.

Feltham says KU & LG&E have been able to meet customer demands without any problems. So far, there have been few power outages and they’ve all been brief.  He says if bitterly cold temperatures linger through the week, KU customers could set new records for electric consumption.

Kentucky Tourism

Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its sixth annual Winter Adventure Weekend, Jan. 23-25, 2015.

Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, kayaking, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, archeological field trips, rock climbing, a zip line and other adventures.

Guests will be able to select from a list of trips they want to take – for beginners and advanced winter adventurers alike. All of the trips and events are led by guides.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

With salt stockpiled and snow removal priority routes established, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews are ready for winter weather duty.

At this time, District 9 has more than 20,000 tons of salt and about 75 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment on hand to keep 2,000 miles of state roads in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties, passable during inclement weather.

One More Round Of Winter

Mar 24, 2014
Emily Murdoch

Kentucky is having a hard time shaking winter in 2014.  The weather forecast calls for snow showers overnight with scant accumulation expected. 

Temperatures have warmed significantly in recent weeks, only to be dashed by a return to colder conditions. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon admits a chilly period in April can't be ruled out.

Courier Press

Crews are making progress on clearing state highways across northeast Kentucky.

As of 5:30 p.m. (Mon., March 3), most main routes, such as I-64, US 23, US 60, US 68, KY 11 and other Priority A highways had improved to mostly clear and wet with some slush.

Plow crews continue to work those routes and are now working Priority B routes - which are partly covered with snow - and Priority C routes, which are mostly covered.

Crews in northeast Kentucky will work to clear as many highways as possible before nightfall, and will remain on 12-hour shifts into Tuesday.

Neighbors Assist Kentucky Workers During Winter Storm

Mar 3, 2014
National Post

The threat of an ice storm brought help to the Commonwealth in the form of out-of-state utility crews.

Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham says about 550 workers from other states made the trip this past weekend.  Feltham says most were, in the end, not needed.

“Most of them made it in. They were staging at one of our operation centers in Louisville and many of them had gone through the safety training which we require them to do before we put them out on the streets doing any restoration,” said Feltham.


After working to clear state highways of freezing rain, and removing fallen trees and debris, Transportation Cabinet crews are back in their plows spot treating roads across northeast Kentucky.

Motorists are advised to travel with caution as scattered snow showers and falling temperatures could create slick spots and slush-covered travel lanes even on roadways that were clear earlier today (Feb. 5).

Ice Storm Strains Electrical Service

Feb 5, 2014

This week’s ice storm has come and gone but its effect on electrical service may linger for some Kentucky residents.  Some areas of the state saw about a quarter inch of ice accumulation on everything including trees and power lines. 

Kentucky Utilities Spokesman Cliff Feltham says it’s not over until the ice is over.

“Our acid test for it all is when the ice comes completely out of the trees because until we get temperatures to get all that ice out of the trees the ice still poses a problem to those trees and potentially can pull the limbs down,” said Feltham.

Water Problems Continue For Ashland Residents

Feb 5, 2014

The city of Ashland’s quest to restore water service throughout the city and surrounding communities was dealt a setback on Wednesday (Feb. 5) when the region was hit with another winter storm.

City Manager Benjamin Bitter says the ice and snow knocked out power to some neighborhood pump stations and that caused about a hundred people to lose their water. However, he says the overall effort is showing progress.

Bitter says the city’s tanks continue to fill as line breaks are repaired. The main tank, the DeBord Tower, begins the day with a water level of 39-point-one feet.

Insects Feel Winter's Freeze

Jan 27, 2014
U.S. Forest Service

This winter's frigid temperatures could continue their impact on Kentucky in the spring when it comes to insect populations.  A bug making its mark on the state’s Hemlock trees could find the going tough this winter.

Artic air has filtered into the Bluegrass state more than once in the early part of 2014.  While uncomfortable and challenging to humans and livestock, those blasts of cold air can be deadly for exposed insects.  University of Kentucky Entomologist Lee Townsend says the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid would fall in that category.

Kentucky's Deep Freeze Continues

Jan 24, 2014
USA Today

Kentuckians should prepare for yet another round of Artic-like weather at the end of January. That's the opinion of University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon. 

Dixon says, while the Commonwealth has already experienced a couple shots of frigid weather this winter, the longer term outlook appears to be chilly as well.