Know the Terms
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify winter storm hazards:
1. Freezing rain
Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
3. Winter weather advisory
Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.
4. Winter storm watch
A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio, commercial radio or local television for more information.
5.Winter storm warning
A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
6. Blizzard warning
Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
7. Frost/freeze warning
Below-freezing temperatures are expected.
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