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Hardin County prepares for biggest snow storm since I-65 catastrophe

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A file photo of stranded drivers on Interstate 65 near the 71 milemarker March 5, 2015. (Photo by Travis Ragsdale, WDRB) A file photo of stranded drivers on Interstate 65 near the 71 milemarker March 5, 2015. (Photo by Travis Ragsdale, WDRB)

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Counties south of Louisville are bracing for the worst Friday, but some of the best advice from emergency officials includes watching Netflix and reading a good book.

Thursday night ended with only a few inches of snow on the ground and the roads mostly clear, but that will not be the case as Thursday turns into Friday.

“We're ready. Ready as we can be,” said Hardin County Emergency Management Director Doug Finlay.

It's the calm before the storm. Eight to 14 inches of snow is expected to fall in the Hardin County area and Finlay is making sure roads will be cleared and extra EMS and fire crews will be on duty. But one thing he can't do is keep people off the roads.

“It just makes things messy. If it's an accident that could have been prevented by just staying home, it clogs up the whole network of emergency services,” Finlay said.

EMS, police and fire all respond to crashes.

Elizabethtown fire trucks cover two thirds of the county and are equipped with chains to increase traction on snow and ice. Even with the safety feature, crews would prefer not to respond to fires that could have been prevented.

Chief Mark Malone says never use a hair dryer or the stove to warm a house in the cold weather.

“Even though those don't give off carbon monoxide, they can over load your power system,” Malone said.

While officials are happy ice is no longer expected, another dark cloud hovers over them.

“The biggest problem is I-65,” Finlay said.

Memories remain of the interstate being shut down for miles from of jackknifed semis.

“There's some really good movies out there on Netflix, and if you really don't have to go to work, stay home, relax,” Finlay said.

It's advice some are taking to heart.

“We have planned some games so we have board games and that sort of thing, just different fun things, maybe some baking,” said Becky Perry.

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