Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Postpone Travel as Inclement Weather is Incoming

Gov. Andy Beshear spoke in a press conference today about the upcoming inclement weather and how he hopes Kentuckians handle it.

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 2:29 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2021 4:49 PM

With winter weather falling from Bluegrass skies, Gov. Andy Beshear took to the podium on Wednesday to speak to Kentuky residents.

Beshear begann by saying that his administrations main mission is to protect Kentucky families, and with that in mind, he had a request for Bluegrass residents as we get further into February.

“Snow showers are expected on Saturday and another weather system is expected Monday into Tuesday, said Beshear. "We’re asking that non-essential travel be postponed due to the extraordinarily dangerous driving conditions."

Ahead of the statewide snow event, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews have been monitoring the weather conditions, preparing equipment, restocking supplies and treating roads. Currently, crews are out across most of the state treating routes with salt mixed with calcium chloride and paying particular attention to areas prone to freezing, like bridges and overpasses. 

“When you’re dealing with extremely low temperatures, more salt is not the answer," said Jim Gray, Transportation Secretary. "It’s not as effective,” Secretary Gray said. “That’s why we really need Kentuckians to be good neighbors and avoid driving if you don’t have to. It’s better to be stranded at home instead of on a roadway. If you have to be out, be sure to reduce your speed, give crews space, have an emergency kit in your vehicle and don’t drive on shoulders.”

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In their latest convective outlook, the Storm Prediction Center has reduced our threat for severe weather. Much of the Tri-State remains Under a “1” and a “2” on the Threat Index. Strong winds remain the greatest threat from any storms that develop. Overcast skies for most of the day hindered much of our potential for Severe Weather. A cold front and associated low currently passing through the Tri-State may still produce a potentially Severe thunderstorm or two. The latest model data seems to be in agreement that the greatest likelihood for impactful weather won’t arrive until our greatest threat for Severe Weather concludes. A line of showers and storms will reach out westernmost communities around 5:30 PM. From there, the rainfall will reach Evansville, Henderson and Madisonville by 7PM before pushing in over Owensboro and Jasper before 8PM. Scattered showers may linger for a time following the passage of the initial line of rainfall, making for a damp and cooler evening ahead.
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