- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency after a massive winter storm buried the state under 10 inches of snow in some areas.

The governor’s order authorizes the state adjutant general to activate the National Guard to help with relief efforts, and it empowers state officials to close some roads in the interest of public safety. It also authorizes state officials to spend money in order to carry out the governor’s orders.

Calling it the worst storm in recent memory, Beshear said some parts of the state could see up to 16 inches of snow. He urged people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary and asked citizens to check on their elderly neighbors.

Work crews have struggled to keep roads clear as snow has fallen steadily since early Monday.

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