Weather Emergency Terms

Know these severe weather terms:

Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two. At home, check supplies of food and fuel. For the car, check fluid levels and keep the gas tank full.

Winter Storm Warning: Severe winter weather conditions are occurring, imminent or highly likely. Stay indoors and avoid travel. Warnings may be issued for these specific hazards--

Heavy Snow Warning: Anticipated snowfall of 6 inches or more.

Ice Storm Warning: Heavy accumulations of ice create extremely dangerous travel and damage trees and power lines.

Blizzard Warning: Snow and winds anticipated in excess of 35 mph will combine to produce severe blowing and drifting snow and may reduce visibility to less than ¼ mile. This type of storm may also bring with it life-threatening wind chill.

Wind Chill Warning: Life-threatening wind chill of 50 degrees below zero or colder.

Winter Weather Advisory: Weather conditions could cause significant inconvenience and may become hazardous especially to motorists. Travel with caution. Advisories are issued for the following specific events--

Snow Advisory: Anticipated snowfall of 2 to 5 inches

Freezing Rain or Sleet Advisory: Anticipated light accumulations of ice.

Blowing/Drifting Snow Advisory: Poor visibility and drifting snow on roads.

Wind Chill Advisory: Dangerous wind chills expected of 30 to 50 degrees below zero.

Wind Chill Factor: Wind chill is an apparent temperature based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the combined effects of cold temperatures and strong wind.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible. Monitor television or radio and be prepared to take shelter.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Severe thunderstorms are occurring. Take shelter, turn on a battery-operated radio or television and wait for an "all clear" announcement by authorities on radio or television.

Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible. Monitor television or radio and be prepared to take shelter. If you see any revolving funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately by telephone to your local law enforcement agency. If you live in a mobile home, this is the time to move to a more substantial structure.

Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter, turn on a battery-operated radio or television and wait for the "all clear" announcement by authorities on the radio or television.

 
 
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