- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The latest on a winter storm that forecasters say could dump a few inches to more than a foot of snow in Kentucky (all times local).


5:50 p.m.

Several Kentucky National Guard soldiers have responded to a traffic backup on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County in east-central Kentucky.

Maj. Stephen Martin said Friday afternoon that a couple of wrecker crews are assisting where traffic is stopped and vehicles have to be removed.

Martin says the guard has more than 120 soldiers mobilized and ready to go at multiple locations across the state if needed to provide support during the winter storm.

The National Weather Service reported Rockcastle County had received 11 inches of snow by late Friday afternoon with drifts of 2 to 3 feet. Breathitt County had 16 inches of snow.

In western Kentucky, the weather service said Muhlenberg County had 8 inches of snow.


3:35 p.m.

Truck driver Mike Edmonds has been stuck at a Kentucky truck stop all day as the snow piles up around him.

Edmonds says the parking lot is so slick that vehicles spin out when trying to get back on Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County. And even if they leave the truck stop, they’re stuck in traffic due to numerous wrecks in both directions.

Edmonds says he doesn’t expect to get back on the road until Saturday. He’s hauling a load of carpet to Michigan.

Rockcastle County has received a foot of snow, with higher accumulations possible.

Asked how he’s spent his day, Edmonds replied: “Talking with the other drivers about how screwed up the weather is.”


3 p.m.

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency from a winter storm that hit parts of Kentucky with a combination of ice and heavy snow.

Bevin said Friday that the emergency declaration provides local officials with immediate access to state resources in dealing with the storm.

The governor is urging people to stay off the roads as authorities deal with a multitude of wrecks on slick roads.

Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management, says the state has endured the worst part of the snow. He says the storm is expected to move out of the region Friday evening.

Dossett reports sporadic power outages in the state.


2:40 p.m.

Authorities say traffic is backed up for miles due to wrecks shutting down portions of Interstate 75 in Kentucky as heavy snow falls in the region.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran said Friday that as soon as a wreck is cleared away, authorities have to deal with another accident.

Cochran says there’s a six-mile backup along southbound lanes of I-75 in Rockcastle County. He says the backup isn’t as bad on northbound lanes.

The National Weather Service says a foot of snow has fallen in Rockcastle County.


2 p.m.

Portions of eastern Kentucky have received a foot or more of snow from a winter storm that’s causing treacherous driving conditions.

The National Weather Service said Friday that Lee County had received 13 inches of snow, while a foot has fallen in Rockcastle County.

Forecasters say parts of east-central Kentucky could eventually be covered in up to 18 inches of snow.

Elsewhere, the weather service says about 9 inches of snow has fallen in the Bowling Green area, with 7 inches in Nicholasville and Campbellsville.

Reports of 4 to 5 inches of snow are common in western Kentucky. The weather service says Henderson has received 6 inches and two communities in far western Kentucky - Kevil and Draffenville - had 7 inches each.


9:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Kentucky predicts the storm hovering over the mountains will leave the deepest snow accumulations in some 20 years.

Tony Edwards, a meteorologist in Jackson, said six inches piled up in some mountainous counties in just two hours Friday morning. He said it will keep falling for 24 to 36 hours, leaving two feet of snow in some counties. The road to his office was already impassible Friday morning, and he expects to be stranded through the weekend.

Ron Steve, a meteorologist in Louisville, said a quarter-inch of ice already coated parts of central Kentucky, though the ice storm turned to snow before reaching treacherous levels.

A wide swath of the state between Campbellsville and Lexington could also see two feet of snow, leaving “travel impossible at times.”


7:55 a.m.

Emergency officials are reporting about 1,640 power outages in Kentucky due to ice.

Kentucky Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers says the outages are concentrated in south-central Kentucky.

He says outages were as high as about 6,300 earlier Friday morning, but utility crews have restored power to many homes.

Rogers says he expects outage numbers statewide to fluctuate throughout the day as a winter storm hits the Bluegrass state.

He says Kentucky National Guard soldiers are on standby to assist if needed in storm-stricken areas.


7:15 a.m.

Kentucky highway officials say roads in central Kentucky are being glazed with freezing rain and sleet.

State Transportation Cabinet official Chris Jessie says traffic on Interstate 65 is slow south of Elizabethtown. Officials say they’re prepared to close the left lane of I-65 northbound from Munfordville to Sonora if necessary to prevent motorists from becoming stranded in a construction zone.

Jessie says road crews began treating roads after 2 a.m. Friday in several central Kentucky counties.

Jessie says a tractor trailer crashed along southbound I-65 near Bonnieville in south-central Kentucky, but that crash has been cleared.


4 a.m.

Kentucky state and local officials have been preparing for a winter punch that forecasts say could range from a few inches of snow to more than a foot.

The National Weather Service is predicting as much as 10 inches of snow could fall on Frankfort on Friday, with locations elsewhere in Kentucky receiving up to 10 to 15 inches. Freezing rain and ice are also in the forecast. The weather service issued a winter storm warning for the entire state.

In Frankfort, the state legislature canceled its Friday session and state government offices are closed Friday because of the threat of winter weather.

Kentucky State Police said a man died in southeastern Kentucky on Thursday when his car collided with a state salt truck. Police said 59-year-old Billy R. Stevens of Williamsburg was pronounced dead at the scene in Whitley County.

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