Winter Storm Informaton


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Know These Winter Weather Words

Watches and warnings for hazardous winter weather are issued by the National Weather Service. These weather statements should be listened to carefully since the weather affects all of us.

Winter Storm Watch
Severe winter weather conditions may affect your area.

Winter Storm Warning
Severe winter weather conditions are imminent.

Ice Storm Warning
Significant, possibly damaging, ice accumulations can be expected. Freezing rain or drizzle means precipitation is expected to freeze when it hits exposed surfaces.

Heavy Snow Warning
A snowfall of at least 4 inches in 12 hours or 6 inches in 24 hours is expected. Heavy snow can mean lesser amounts where winter storms are infrequent.

Blizzard Warning
Considerable falling and/or blowing snow and winds of at least 35 miles per hour are expected for several hours.

Severe Blizzard Warning
Considerable falling and/or blowing snow, winds of at least 45 miles per hour, and temperatures of 10 degrees F or lower are expected for several hours.

High Wind Warning
Winds of at least 40 miles per hour are expected to last for at least one hour. In some areas, this means strong, gusty winds occurring in shorter time periods.

When bad weather is predicted, it is only common sense to take precautions. If you must travel, plan carefully and notify people of your plans. Otherwise, postpone the trip, or delay your trip enroute and stay secure in a town along the way. Let others know of your plans when you decide to stop for the storm to prevent possibly life threatening searches for you.

For additional information, check out these National Weather Service resources:

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