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.
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