The key to making it through the winter season is to be prepared before harsh conditions are upon you. 

After an early shot of snow in eastern Kentucky before Thanksgiving - and the start of Meteorological Winter December 1 - the current forecast for the first taste of winter precipitation over much of the remainder of the Commonwealth by this weekend is an indicator that the season is here to stay.  

To help Kentuckians better prepare for the annual return to cold and snow, the National Weather Service (NWS) Offices
that serve the state of Kentucky, in conjunction with Kentucky Emergency Management, have designated this week as Kentucky Winter Weather Awareness Week. 

For the remainder of the week, Kentucky-serving NWS offices will have vital winter weather information posted in the "Top News" section of their websites and will be posting messages to social media.  The web pages also serve as an excellent source for answers to your questions about what to do when the snow starts to fly and the mercury plummets. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.