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Know Your Winter Weather Terms

  • Wind Chill Advisory

Wind chill temperatures could pose a threat with prolonged exposure.

  • Wind Chill Warning

Wind chill temperatures could be hazardous to life with prolonged exposure.

  • Winter Weather Advisories

Accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle and sleet are expected. Be careful; Winter Weather Advisories could lead to life-threatening situations.

  • Winter Storm Watch

A blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet are possible. Winter storm watches are usually issued 12-48 hours before a winter storm is expected to hit.

  • Winter Storm Warning

Hazardous winter weather with heavy snow, blizzard conditions, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet is approaching or occurring.

  • Blizzard Warning

Sustained or gusty winds of 35 mph or more; falling or blowing snow with visibility at ¼ mile or less; these conditions persist for at least 3 hours.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

updated Jan 02, 2020