When winter weather moves into Green Country, whether drastically cold temperatures or the chance of snow, make sure you are prepared for everything.
This tip sheet includes information about the different types of alerts that come out, what you need to get your house ready, and some dangers that are seen during winter months.
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Winter Weather Watches, Warnings, and Advisories
The National Weather Service has specific terms to make sure everyone knows what to expect in the coming days and hours of a winter weather event.
Winter Storm Watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area, but its occurrence, location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of the possibility of severe winter weather. A winter storm watch is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set plans in motion can do so. A watch is upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet is expected in the next 12 hours, or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or 1/4 inch or more of ice accretion is expected. Winter Weather Advisories inform you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, advisory situations should not become life-threatening. A Blizzard Warning means that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill.
Are you prepared for winter weather?
Often, winter weather catches people unprepared. There are many things you can do ahead of time to prepare.
When temperatures start turning cold, you can begin to prepare a go-bag for your house. Make a similar bag for your car but add in an ice scraper, kitty litter, and some extra layers.
You can also double check that your home is insulated properly.
As winter weather is arriving, be sure you know what preparations are being made in your area, and what are the appropriate steps to take to stay safe?
Winter weather can be dangerous for many different reasons. Freezing rain, snow, drastically cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills can all be dangers.
Freezing rain is a different type of dangerous from snow or cold temperatures.
One of the gravest dangers of winter weather is wind chill. The wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin by combined effects of wind and cold. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also affected by wind chill. Check out the wind chill chart provided by the National Weather Service.
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