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Weekend weather advisory

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service in Louisville predicts more flurries and single-digit temperatures throughout the weekend.

About two inches of snow fell in the Bullitt County area Thursday afternoon, with another inch of accumulation overnight.

The passage of a cold front late Thursday afternoon brought winds of 15-25 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH, causing blowing and drifting snow.

Area roadways are likely to remain hazardous through Friday. Please continue to allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination safely. Leave plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you.

As the storm system moves off to the east Friday a reinforcing shot of Arctic air will push into the region. Friday's high will be around 18 degrees with a wind chill near zero. Saturday and Sunday high temperatures are expected to reach no higher than the mid-20s with wind chills occasionally below zero in the overnight hours.

Along with colder temperatures, snow showers will be commonplace. The cold air will result in temperatures dropping into the lower single digits Friday night and possibly below zero Saturday and Sunday night.

Make preparations for the upcoming snow and cold. Make sure you have taken steps to properly winterize your car.

In your home, take precautions to winterize any exposed water pipes to keep them from freezing. Use caution with space heaters and keep them at least three feet away from flammable objects such as curtains and furniture. Never use a gas stove or charcoal grill to heat your home. These devices release carbon monoxide, which is odorless and can kill.

Be sure to check on the well-being of those that may suffer more from the effects of the cold, especially the elderly and young children.

If you have to work outside, be sure to dress in layers and cover your head, ears and hands. More body heat is lost through the head than most people realize. Extreme cold puts extra stress on the body and heart.

Area farmers and producers are urged to take weather precautions to ensure livestock can handle the bitterly cold weather conditions. Ensure that livestock have unfrozen water and shelter or wind breaks and extra feed.

Check NOAA weather radio and www.weather.gov for forecasts and updates.