Winter storm hits Ky.; eastern counties experience brunt of storm

Kentuckians woke up to varying amounts of snowfall early Saturday. Parts of central Kentucky saw up to two inches of snow. In Harlan County, there are reports of six to eight inches. Southern Pike County saw 13 inches.

In Whitley County, fallen trees have left many people in the county without power. Members of the Kentucky National Guard are on standby. A shelter has been set up at the Williamsburg Tourism and Convetion Center.

Also in Whitley County, a Sheriff's deputy has minor injuries after his car overturned while he was taking some students home late Friday night.

Kentucky Utilities reports 12,200 customers without power: 6,100 in Harlan County, 4,600 in Bell County, 800 in Whitley County and 400 in Knox County.

Forecasts call for up to 20 inches of snow across part of the eastern U.S., including Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and reaching up to New York.

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty declared a snow emergency for the
city starting Saturday morning, ordering all cars cleared from snow
emergency routes. Philadelphia also declared a snow emergency and
the school district canceled all weekend activities.
A couple of inches of snow were already reported in D.C. by
early Saturday, said Brandon Peloquin, a meteorologist with the
National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

"This is just the beginning," he said. "There's a lot more snow to come."

He warned that the coastal storm system was also expected to generate winds up to 35 miles per hour, which could cause
near-whiteout conditions.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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