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Gov. declares State of Emergency for Kentucky

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KENTUCKY (FOX19/AP) -

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is declaring a State of Emergency for the entire commonwealth, according to the Kentucky Emergency Management system.

Portions of eastern Kentucky have received more than a foot of snow from a winter storm impacting the entire state.

Locally, three to six inches of snow is expected in some northern Kentucky areas. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 7 a.m. Saturday morning for Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Boone, Kenton, Pendleton, Campbell, Bracken, Robertson, Mason and Lewis in Kentucky. 

“My primary concern is safety. By declaring a state emergency we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs. I thank all of the officials working hard to keep people safe and commerce flowing,” said Bevin. “We urge all citizens to remain at home and stay off of the roads allowing emergency services the opportunity to keep the roadways safe.”

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.

“The Commonwealth has come through the worst part of the snowfall event. The storm front should move out of the area by 7 pm EST. We’ve encountered sporadic power outages, but more specifically calls regarding slow moving traffic on interstates," said Michael Dossett, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

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