LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Friday afternoon, according to a news release from the governor's office.

The move came at 1:30 p.m., and in effect, provides local officials with immediate access to state resources for public safety and assistance after the state was pummeled by a winter storm.

"My primary concern is safety," Bevin stated, according to the news release. "By declaring a state of emergency, we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs. I think all of the officials working hard to keep people safe and commerce flowing. We urge all citizens to remain at home and stay off the roads, allowing emergency services the opportunity to keep the roadways safe."

“The Commonwealth has come through the worst part of the snowfall event. The storm front should move out of the area by 7 pm EST. We’ve encountered sporadic power outages, but more specifically calls regarding slow moving traffic on interstates," said Michael Dossett, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

“It is imperative that we allow our first responders the ability to provide timely services throughout the state. In that light, we are asking that our citizens refrain from travel on the interstate system for the remainder of this storm period," continued Dossett. "By virtue of the executive order for a state of emergency, allied state agencies are now able to leverage resources that are beyond local government capabilities.”

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