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WINTER STORM WARNING

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 UPDATE (Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m.): The Bullitt County Health Department will no longer accept clients after 3 p.m. Tuesday due to the pending weather situation. For more information call 955-5355.

The Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education and Wellness (C.R.E.W.) weight-loss competition added a second weigh-in date for those who could not attend today's event. The new date is Thursday, Feb. 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Competitors who were weighed in today will still complete the eight-week event on Apr. 1. A second weigh-in will be scheduled for competitors that begin on Feb. 13, allowing them eight weeks as well.

Continue to check www.pioneernews.net for weather-related updates, including school closing updates.

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Bullitt County is on the line for another bout with severe weather.

The National Weather Service in Louisville issued a winter storm warning for Bullitt County through 7 a.m. Wednesday.

A low pressure system is expected to bring a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to the area primarily after 3 p.m. and continuing until early Wednesday morning.

Significant icing is expected throughout the northern part of Kentucky overnight, with possible ice accumulation up to a quarter-inch.

If necessary, NWS will upgrade to an ice storm warning this evening, with ice accumulating onto tree branches and power lines, making power outages a stronger possibility.

Temperatures could remain below freezing Wednesday afternoon, dropping into the teens both Wednesday and Thursday evening. Another wave of snow was forecast for the weekend.

Bullitt County Public Schools canceled both Monday and Tuesday classes because of the inclement weather. Continue to check www.pioneernews.net for updates on Wednesday classes.

The Red Cross encourages drivers to keep cell phones charged and vehicle gas tanks filled to avoid freezing. Driving in icy weather should be avoided as much as possible.

Bring outdoor pets inside during severe weather. Move livestock into sheltered areas, making sure food and water supplies are not hindered by ice or other obstacles.

Fawcetts should drip at a slight trickle to avoid freezing pipes. Cabinet doors under sinks can be opened to allow warmer air to the pipes. Keeping the thermostat set to the same temperature throughout the day is encouraged.

If you are outside during severe weather, wear several layers of warm, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

Make certain to keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle, including flashlights and batteries, non-perishable food items, jumper cables and blankets. A NOAA weather radio is also encouraged.