Ice and snow fell across the state on Tuesday, causing a variety of problems.
Conditions are so bad, Governor Beshear has declared a state of emergency. He made the declaration at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
That allows the government to tap into more resources to help clear the roads and keep people safe.
"When winter weather hits, it is crucial that our citizens know that their state government is doing everything possible to ensure their safety and well-being," the governor said. "We are prepared to use every available resource to help Kentuckians make it through these rough conditions, whatever may come."
Gov. Beshear said primary areas of concern are roads, electric power, heating assistance and shelter.
Already, at least11 counties have declared their own states of emergency.
The governor also announced that nonessential state government employees were being sent home at 3 p.m. Tuesday and encouraged to use their best judgment about reporting to duty stations on Wednesday. "Safety is our top priority," the governor said.