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2012 Kentucky Winter Weather Awareness

Several months ago, the five NWS offices serving Kentucky, in conjunction with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), elected to forgo a pre-determined Winter Weather Awareness Week for 2012, opting instead to designate the 2012 Winter Weather Awareness Campaign as the five days leading up to the first significant winter weather event to affect a majority of the commonwealth's population and area. Given the current forecast model guidance for December 26-27, the NWS and KYEM have now designated December 21-25, 2012 for Kentucky Winter Weather Awareness.

In addition to the winter solstice occurring at 7:11 EST / 6:11 CST on Friday morning December 21st, many Kentuckians were treated to their first taste of winter precipitation on Thursday night and Friday morning. All of this, however, is just a teaser for the more significant winter storm setting its sights on the Commonwealth next week. While current indications are the storm will pale in comparison to the blizzard that just trekked from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes, its timing immediately after Christmas could cause problems for those traveling over the holidays.

The good news is that it's not too late to prepare yourself and your vehicle for this weather!

Over the next few days, visit our Kentucky Winter Weather Awareness page for information on how to stay abreast of the latest forecasts, prepare for snow, cold, and ice, and how to get your information to the National Weather Service so we can better serve Kentuckians in our mission to protect lives and property through the issuance of timely weather forecasts, warnings, and information.