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Winter Weather Advisories and Warnings

When winter weather approaches, be safe, be smart! Stay alert to weather signs when the following advisories, watches or warnings are issued.

FROST/FREEZE WARNING — temperatures are expected to be below freezing and may cause significant damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.

SLEET — rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground.

SNOW ADVISORY — 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected to fall.

BLOWING SNOW ADVISORY — visibility is 1/4 mile or less.

WIND CHILL ADVISORY — wind chill values are expected to be minus 35 F to minus 50 F.

WIND CHILL WARNING — wind chill values are expected to be minus 50 F or lower.

FREEZING RAIN / FREEZING DRIZZLE ADVISORY — driving conditions are hazardous. Power lines and tree branches could become heavy and break due to freezing rain.

ICE STORM WARNING —freezing rain/drizzle is occurring with an expected accumulation of either 1/4 inch or more of ice or 1/2 inch of sleet.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY — cold, ice and snow are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. The greatest hazard is often to motorists.

WINTER STORM WATCH — a winter storm is possible in your area within the next day or two.

WINTER STORM WARNING — a winter storm is headed for your area, with severe weather conditions beginning or about to begin. Prepare for low wind chill, heavy snow and strong winds.

BLIZZARD WARNING — heavy snow and strong winds are expected to produce a blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts and life- threatening wind chill.

HEAVY SNOW WARNING — six (6) or more inches of snow is expected in a 12-hour period.

For more information, go to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Winter Weather Safety and Awareness.

Winter WeatherBlizzards Create a Winter Storm PlanGet ready for winter with these useful tips.Avalanche FAQsLearn the basics about avalanches. For more details go to PBS - NOVA Online and USFS National Avalanche Center.Winter Weather Advisories and WarningsWhen winter weather approaches, be safe, be smart! Stay alert to weather signs when the following advisories, watches or warnings are issued.Blizzard FAQsBe ready for blizzards with information from the National Weather Service.Thawing Frozen PipesIf you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Here's advice from the Red Cross on what to do to make the water run again.Getting Your Family Ready for WinterWhen winter hits, sometimes it hits hard! Listen to your local weather forecaster and read through the following tips to keep your family warm in winter weather.Ice Dams Prevention and RemovalWater dripping into your house in the middle of winter could be assign that you've got an ice dam. Here is what you need to know and do, courtesy of the University of Minnesota.Hypothermia and FrostbiteHypothermia (body's temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit) and frostbite (severe reaction to cold exposure that can cause permanent damage) are real dangers in cold weather. Here’s how to avoid both and what to do if they occur.When a Winter Storm Watch or Warning Is IssuedThreatening winter weather expected? Be safe, be smart and tune to your local radio or television stations for information and instructions. Then follow these tips.