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Winter storm of sleet, ice and snow predicted to hit Sunday, continue into Monday

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Emergency management issues precautions for Lawrenceburg residents

By The Staff

A winter storm featuring freezing rain, ice, heavy snow and high winds is expected to hit the Anderson County area at about 11 a.m. Sunday morning, according to Public Safety Director Bart Powell, and the storm is predicted to continue into Monday, March 3. 

Anderson County emergency management received an update on the approaching winter storm via conference call with the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m., Powell said Saturday.

The National Weather Service — which has issued a winter storm warning for the central Kentucky region to be in effect from 10 a.m. Sunday until 1 p.m. Monday afternoon — indicated that the possible storm would hit Louisville at about 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service anticipates a wintry mix of weather would hit Anderson County at about 11 a.m. Sunday, Powell said.

Sunday's forecasted storm may begin as cold rain and then rapidly change to freezing rain and sleet, Powell said.

The National Weather Service reported the possibility of ice accumulation of a 1/2 inch with a mix of sleet and snow and a possible acculumation of up to six inches of snow in the Anderson County area on Sunday into Monday, Powell said.

Following the predictions of ice Sunday, the highest acculumations of snow is expected to occur after midnight Sunday into Monday morning. 

Sunday's anticipated storm may be followed by heavy winds reaching up to 30 mile per hour on Monday, causing a high probability of statewide power outages and poor visibility on roadways. 

Anderson County Emergency Management, Powell said, encourages all citizens of Anderson County to be prepared by having stored water, a few days' of food, gas or heating fuel, alternate light sources (batteries, candles, etc.) in case the winter storm is as significant as it's being reported and lasts more than a few days. 

Powell said he encourages individuals to have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and advises everyone not to run gasoline-powered electrical sources such as generators inside the residences due to the potential danger for carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Anderson County emergency management will continue to monitor the predicted winter storm and will provide whatever services are needed for Anderson County citizens throughout the duration of the weather event, Powell said. 

For all emergency requests for help, Anderson County residents should dial 911.

If the forecasted storm proves to be significant, Powell said, the emergency operations center will be open and questions can be directed to Anderson County emergency management by dialing 502-839-7378 or 502-839-1635. 

If there's any need for emergency shelter during the anticipated, space will become available as needed, Powell said. The Anderson News will report emergency shelter locations on our website, Twitter and Facebook as soon as locations are confirmed. 

If any citizens have specific health needs, medications or heating needs, they should call the EOC at the above listed number or 839-7378.

Once the anticipated storm ends, Powell said, temperatures are expected to stay below freezing and residents should expect that roads may not improve for a few days, especially secondary roads.