KENTUCKY (WEHT) – Governor Andy Beshear provided a Team Kentucky update on Thursday and said due to inclement weather he closed all state office buildings as of 12 p.m. EST. Executive branch agencies will continue to provide services to the citizens of the commonwealth.
“The severe winter weather we’re seeing across Kentucky right now is both real and dangerous,” said Gov. Beshear. “The roads are already incredibly slick across most of the state and we are seeing ice and numerous accidents. We are urging Kentuckians to please not travel if you don’t have to today.”
Gov. Beshear updated Kentuckians on the winter storms moving across the commonwealth today, with snow expected to become moderate to heavy this afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued in portions of Central Kentucky north of the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways, where 1 to 4 inches of snow can be expected. The highest amounts of snowfall, 4 to 8 inches, are expected to fall across Southcentral and Eastern Kentucky, roughly from Bowling Green to Richmond.
The Governor urged Kentuckians to avoid travel due to hazardous road conditions and reports of multiple accidents. District crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have been pretreating roads this week, with crews out today responding to hazardous roadways.
The Governor also announced 9,836 new COVID-19 cases were reported today, the highest number of new daily cases since the pandemic began. The state also reported its highest ever daily test positivity rate, 23.67%.
Gov. Beshear said Kentucky continues to experience a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, which state officials believe is the predominantly circulating variant in the commonwealth.