More winter storms in California continue to cause power outages in Kentucky


Another cross-country winter storm will develop this week on top of a system that has wreaked havoc across much of the country in recent days, killing 13 people in the south and northeast.

Snow will continue Monday in California and other parts of the West, as well as the Great Lakes region and Northeast, and temperatures will drop below freezing in some areas.

Another bout of wintry weather came as nearly 200,000 homes and businesses nationwide remained in the dark as of Monday morning, according to the outage tracking website A large majority of outages were reported in the following states:

Kentucky (125,000)

Michigan (39,000)

Tennessee (17,000)

California (15,000)

Another round of snow is falling in the Great Lakes, northeast

AccuWeather said it is tracking a storm that could spread snow over a 1,800-mile-long stretch that starts in the Northern Plains and moves northeastward in the coming days.

Forecasters say the upcoming storm is not expected to pack as much of a punch as its predecessor, AccuWeather said. But winter weather can create enough to cause travel problems.

Parts of the Dakotas remain under a winter storm warning through Monday afternoon.

Monday's travel can be slippery in cities such as:

Bismarck, North Dakota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Green Bay, Wisconsin

The National Weather Service said the Mid-Atlantic region will see rain and snow through Monday evening, with some areas experiencing freezing rain.

California snow

A winter storm warning remains in effect for parts of California through Tuesday, as the Sierra Nevada Mountains could see an additional three feet of snow by midweek, the NWS said, making the region's snowfall totals higher than the historical average.

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab in Soda Springs said Sunday that 30 inches of snow fell over the weekend and more than 46 feet this season.

Travel in the area will be difficult, as wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour are possible, creating wind chills as low as 25 degrees below zero.

Multi-day recovery process

As the Bluegrass State continues to recover from heavy rainfall over the weekend, Kentucky Electric Cooperative President Chris Perry said the weather damage was as extensive as any natural disaster I've ever seen in the history of Kentucky Cooperative.

Louisville Gas and Electric spokeswoman Liz Pratt described power restoration efforts as a multi-day process. Pratt said LG&E will prioritize power restoration in critical locations such as hospitals and nursing homes but will work to restore power across the city as quickly as possible. He said the outage was the worst since the 2009 ice storm.

According to the USA Today power outage database, most of the state's outages left Jefferson County where Louisville is located with 35,000 customers in the dark. Fayette County, where Lexington is located, has more than 25,000 customers.

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