- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the second time in less than a month after more than 20 inches of snow fell overnight in some parts of the state.

The declaration authorizes the National Guard to help with relief efforts and empowers state officials to close roads in the interest of public safety.

A full day of rain on Wednesday meant it was impossible for road crews to prepare roads in advance of the snowfall that began about 5 p.m. EST and continued well into Thursday morning.

Heavy snowfall hindered road clearing efforts and Beshear urged Kentuckians to not travel if possible and to check in on elderly neighbors.

A statewide declaration does not automatically close schools and businesses. Residents should check local media for closing information.

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