Boone County Snow Emergency Policy

Pursuant to the provisions of KRS 67.083, KRS 39.409 and Boone County Ordinance 70.04 and upon the occurrence of snow, sleet or freezing rain and after consultation with the County Sheriff’s Department, County Public Works Department, County Emergency Management and the County Judge/Executive’s office, a Snow Emergency may be declared by the Boone County Judge/Executive’s Office directly or through the Boone County Emergency Management Department. 

The Boone County Public Information Officer shall notify all media outlets, local government jurisdictions and school district authorities in Boone County of snow emergencies.

During snow emergencies, where snowfall accumulation is two (2) inches or greater, no vehicle may be parked and no person, corporation, partnership, joint venture, unincorporated association or any combination thereof may park or permit any vehicle to be parked upon any county road right of way.

During snow emergencies, the County Public Works Department may, at its discretion or as ordered by the Office of the County Judge/Executive, assist in clearing non-county or state-owned roadways.

The declaration of a snow emergency, at any level, shall not prohibit travel to and from work. Citizens are urged to contact their employer to determine whether they should report to work.

Snow emergencies shall be defined at one of the following levels

  • Level one: roadways are hazardous with blowing and/or drifting snow , roadways may be icy. Motorists are advised to use caution due to hazardous road conditions resulting from these conditions and possible accumulations of snow and/or ice.
  • Level two: roadways are extremely hazardous due to accumulated or blowing snow and roadways may be icy. Only essential travel is advised.
  • Level three: roadways are extremely dangerous and travel is restricted to the following: public safety and emergency personnel, travel to and from work if attendance is required by the employer and travel for medical purposes or to obtain necessary provisions. Travel for any other purposes is considered to be non-essential and violations may be enforced by law enforcement personnel. Violators are subject to prosecution.