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Officials in Kentucky's southern counties brace for major winter storm

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Barry Howard, Director of Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center in Elizabethtown. Barry Howard, Director of Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center in Elizabethtown.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) - There is still snow covering the ground in Elizabethtown, and forecasters are anticipating a whole lot more in the next 24 to 48 hours.

That's why Hardin county officials and community leaders are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.

"It's already 2-3 inches on the ground now, the temperature is not going to rise overnight, so it's only going to get worse," said Barry Howard, the Director of Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center in Elizabethtown.

If the coming snow is anything like last year, Howard says we're in for a rude awakening.

"It was 3 or 4,000 homes here that didn't have power and I can only imagine what people did," Howard said.

But this time around Howard is on a mission.

"The mission is to serve and help anyone in my community," he said. In order to do that he transformed his space into a warming center.

Howard explains the purpose of his warming center.

"In case the lights go out, power outages, someone is broke down on the side of the road and can't get home. They can come here and spend the night. I've got plenty of food and cots, donated by Red cross, blankets, toiletries, I've got everything they need."

He isn't the only one preparing for the coming storm. For LG&E it's all hands on deck.

LG&E Director of Media Relations Natasha Collins explains, "We have crews on standby 24/7, we're holding all of our resources across our service territory because our service territory does spread across the state we've got crews on standby in the various areas so they can make it wherever they're needed at a moments notice."

But the roads remain the biggest concern. With meteorologists calling for ice and significant snow, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is warning drivers of quickly changing travel conditions.

"You know we learned that lesson a year ago when we tried to tell folks, don't be out traveling," said Chris Jessie, a Public Information Officer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

For District 4 in Elizabethtown, officials say the roads look good. However, they have experienced problems in the past with I-65.

"We do not anticipate dropping any additional materials, with the exception of maybe I-65, we may hit that again with another brine solution. We're hoping maybe that residual left over from this previous snow can keep those roads from tightening up," Jessie said.

Crews will focus on keeping the highway clear through the construction zone of I65 between Munfordville and Elizabethtown. They will be prepared to close the northbound left lane to prevent drivers from getting stranded in hard to access areas.

The crews have been stretched over the past 72 hours with the previous snow. So, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing the best it can.

State officials are taking this weather event very seriously. If you don't have to hit the road, it's recommended that you stay inside. If it's absolutely necessary be sure to plan ahead.

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