ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- The wintry weather started early Friday morning for areas south of Louisville.

Areas like Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

As of 11:30 a.m., WDRB's Sitarah Coote reported that the snow was "much, much heavier than what we were seeing earlier this morning."

"We first started seeing the snow flurries around 7 a.m. and the visibility has certainly gone down since then," Coote reported. "If you take a look over to my right, you can see Mulberry Street. We saw some crews salting it a few hours earlier before it started snowing."

Coote said 8-14 inches of snow are supposed to fall in the Hardin County area. 

Emergency crews are urging people to stay home and off the roads. They also say not to use a hairdryer or a stove to heat their homes -- and to not call 911 unless it's absolutely necessary.

Bryce Shumate, spokesman for Hardin County government, told WDRB News by phone that crews are just trying to keep up with the white stuff.

"All of our roads are completely covered now, and crews are trying to keep up with the snow rate," he said. "It is extremely heavy compared to what you saw earlier this morning when we were out talking near I-65. Visibility has gone down quite a bit. Flakes are about the size of a nickle to a quarter when they're falling, so snow crews are actually having trouble keeping up with the snow as it piles up."

"But I will say this," he added. "Hardin County Road Department and the state road department, the city road departments and even our farmers out in some of the rural areas are helping us by coming out and plowing some of the areas. So we're trying to keep ahead of it, but when it comes down at this rate -- and we're expecting another six to 10 inches -- it's just going to be hard to keep up. So we just ask people to be patient."

That said, he said the county has not suffered many traffic issues.

"We've been blessed: we've only had two wrecks in the county, since this morning, caused by weather-related issues," he said, adding later that, "We have seen some people that have slid off. They have been able to get rides or get people to come pick them up. We haven't had anybody stranded."

He said the Warm Blessings soup kitchen has set up warming centers for people wishing to come in from the cold, as have several churches in the southern Elizabethtown area.

He says he is optimistic that the county's utilities will hold up.

"Since we escaped that ice that went to our south, I don't believe we're going to have to worry about that."

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