LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency after the winter storm that dropped several inches of snow throughout the state.

According to a news release, the move grants local officials "immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts."

"This storm system is still dumping snow across much of the state and temperatures are forecast to drop further," Beshear stated in the news release. "Some areas may see accumulations of up to 16 inches, making it one of the worst storms in recent memory. By declaring a state of emergency now for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay."

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