Motorists in pockets along a 40-mile stretch of I-65 in Kentucky have been stranded in their vehicles since late Wednesday evening. Numerous accidents due to the winter weather caused traffic standstills, followed by heavy snowfall that blocked motorists from being able to move.

The Kentucky National Guard was mobilized Thursday morning in an effort to help dig those motorists out. Chris Jessie, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Elizabethtown office, says several snow plows sent to assist motorists last night also got stuck.

The stranded motorists are sitting along parts of I-65 between mile markers 65-105.

Stranded motorists are being asked to call 270.765.5978 for assistance. Those who are rescued in the Hardin County region are being taken to the Pritchard Community Center.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the second time in less than a month after more than 20 inches of snow fell overnight in some parts of the state.

The declaration authorizes the National Guard to help with relief efforts and empowers state officials to close roads in the interest of public safety.

A full day of rain on Wednesday meant it was impossible for road crews to prepare roads in advance of the snowfall that began about 5 p.m. EST and continued well into Thursday morning.

National Weather Service

Update at 9:26 a.m.:

All WKU classes on all campuses have been canceled for both Thursday and Friday. 

Update at 9:15 a.m.

Interstate 65 is impassable at this time through Hart, LaRue and Hardin Counties due to snow and stranded vehicles.  Kentucky National Guard members are mobilized and responding.   An emergency number is now setup for stranded motorists to request assistance:  (270) 765-5978.

Travelers who require immediate attention (only) will be taken to Prichard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

Crashes that occurred at the onset of winter precipitation Wednesday night created long traffic backup segments between Munfordville (Exit 65) and Lebanon Junction (Exit 105).  KYTC crews were unable to get to these areas in a timely manner and snows have accumulated around stopped vehicles.  With blocked access to the remainder of this stretch of interstate, in between areas have not been plowed and are impassable.

Snow Storm to Hit Kentucky After Warmer Temperatures

Mar 4, 2015

Kentuckians are dealing with flooded roadways and mudslides as they brace for another winter storm that will blanket the state with snow.

Weather forecasters say the heavy rain will turn to snow, sleet or freezing rain by Wednesday afternoon. Media reported that some schools have canceled classes or will dismiss early due to the forecast.

The National Weather Service says colder air will bring on the winter storm, dumping up to 12 inches of snow in areas around Louisville down to Elizabethtown and east to Frankfort and Lexington.

Southern areas like Campbellsville and Bowling Green are expected to get five to 10 inches beginning on Wednesday. The snow is expected fall into Thursday.

The weather service says the storm will make travel difficult and could knock out electric power in some areas.

Two people are reported dead after authorities say their vehicle drove into the rain-swollen Green River at Mammoth Cave National Park.

The vehicle was reportedly trying to load onto the ferry from the river's south side just after two o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency responders from surrounding counties, including the dive teams from Barren and Warren Counties, located the vehicle two hours later about fifty feet downstream from the ferry in 16 feet of water.

Divers attached a tow truck cable to the vehicle to pull it to shore.  The vehicle was brought out of the water at 7:45 p.m. last night. Two adult occupants were found dead inside.

The Green River Ferry will open on a delayed schedule Wednesday morning.

Major telephone companies could scale back land line service to residents in Kentucky's 15 largest markets in the state under a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday. At least two dozen other states have already deregulated their landline telephone services, the beginning of the end for the more than 100 year old technology that's being pushed out by cell phones and high-speed internet access.

The Senate vote Monday was 30-3. The so-called AT&T deregulation bill had previously won House approval. Gov. Steve Beshear has said he would sign it into law.

A Kentucky native who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes has been convicted inNew York of poisoning him to death with salt.  

A jury in White Plains, New York, Monday found Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears.

Prosecutors contended that Spears reveled in the attention Garnett's illness brought her and that she force-fed him heavy concentrations of sodium through a stomach tube.

Several doctors testified that there was no medical explanation for the spike in Garnett's sodium levels that led to his death.

Prosecutors say the 27-year-old Spears eventually killed the boy because she feared he would start telling people she was making him ill.

More than $2 million in liens have been filed against Hitcents Park Plaza in downtown Bowling Green. 

The Daily News reports the liens were filed Friday against Mills Family Realty for money unpaid to construct the commercial wrap of the parking garage.  The liens were filed on behalf of Alliance Corporation of Glasgow and D&M Electric in Bowling Green. 

Mills Family Realty owns and operates Mariah’s and 6-4-3 restaurants, which has posted signs reading “closed until further notice.”  Three other restaurants in the commercial development closed last year. 

Meanwhile, negotiations are underway for the owners of the Bowling Green Ballpark to take over development and operations of the wrap.

Kentucky State Police

A settlement has been reached in a civil lawsuit against a Kentucky State Police trooper who caused a fatal collision in Barren County. 

A jury trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday. 

Trooper Jonathan Biven was behind the wheel of his KSP cruiser when he crossed the center line on U.S. 31-W near Park City in September 2011.  He struck a car driven by 33-year-old Nurcan Ceylan of Greensburg who died from her injuries.  A passenger in the car, Samuel Parker, filed a lawsuit against Biven. 

Attorneys for both parties did not return phone calls to WKU Public Radio, but in an email to the Glasgow Daily Times, confirmed a settlement had been reached. 

Driver inattention was determined as the cause of the crash.  Trooper Biven has said he was reaching for a soft drink when his cruiser veered into the other lane of traffic. 

Biven served several years as the public information officer for the  Bowling Green post state police post.  He was recently named commander of Trooper Island, a KSP camp for at-risk youth.

Michael Cook

Update at 11:20 am:

The statewide tornado drill has been postponed until next Tuesday, March 10.

Original post:

What would you do in case of a tornado? Kentucky officials believe that's a good question to ask, and answer, on Tuesday.