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Beshear declares state of emergency in Kentucky ahead of anticipated dangerous cold blast

Kentucky Emergency Management

Governor Andy Beshear has declared a state of emergency as the state braces for an arctic blast that could bring flash freezing and dangerously cold temperatures.

The governor and Transportation Secretary Jim Gray say if you plan to travel for the holiday weekend, plan to get to your destination by tomorrow/Thursday afternoon. The front could cause dangerous travel for several days, including Christmas morning.

Gray says his department has 1,365 plow trucks available to be deployed and independent contractors available, 300-thousand tons of salt, one-million gallons of brine to prevent icing and a million gallons of calcium chloride to de-ice roadways. Gray adds that there could be white out conditions which will make driving treacherous.

Safety officials advise you to have a safety kit in your car if you must travel, plan for ways to stay warm in case of power outages, check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and be sure to check on vulnerable neighbors and loved ones.

Karyn Czar joined the WUKY News team July 1, 2013, but she's no stranger to radio.