Wyoming Winter Weather Awareness Day - Wednesday, October 8

Wyoming Winter Weather Awareness Day - Preparedness Counts!

The National Weather Service wants you to be prepared for the upcoming winter season.  Wyoming Winter Weather Awareness Day is Wednesday, October 8, 2008 and we hope you will take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with winter weather preparedness and safety tips.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service offices serving Wyoming will conduct a drill to test winter weather communications preparedness.  A test blizzard warning will be issued through the All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio network at 10:00 a.m.  This test warning will then relayed by our broadcast partners across the state through the statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS).  The test will conclude at 10:30 a.m. with the issuance of a test communication statement.

If you have any questions regarding the test messages or Wyoming Winter Weather Awareness Day, please contact the National Weather Service in Riverton at 1-800-211-1448.

The following is the text of the Public Information Statement used to highlight winter weather awareness day.  It will be issued early Wednesday morning. Please take a few minutes and gain a better understanding of what you can do to be better prepared for winter weather in your area.

NOW IS THE TIME TO ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU WOULD DO IN A REAL BLIZZARD.  IF YOU ARE AT WORK, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO DRIVE HOME?  IF NOT, ARE YOU PREPARED TO SPEND THE NIGHT WHERE YOU ARE?  IF YOU ARE ON THE ROAD, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO A SAFE SHELTER?  IF NOT, COULD YOU SURVIVE SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES AND TEN FOOT SNOW DRIFTS IN YOUR VEHICLE FOR TWO DAYS OR MORE?

THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY FACE THIS WINTER.  DON’T WAIT UNTIL A REAL WARNING IS ISSUED, IT WILL BE TOO LATE THEN!  BE SMART, BE PREPARED!

* PACK A WINTER SAFETY KIT IN YOUR VEHICLE
* WINTERIZE YOUR AUTOMOBILE
* HAVE YOUR HOME FURNACE INSPECTED BY A PROFESSIONAL
* ARRANGE FOR A YOUNG RELATIVE OR NEIGHBOR TO SHOVEL YOUR DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALKS

WHEN ENJOYING THE SPLENDOR OF WINTER IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS DON’T GET CAUGHT OFF GUARD BY THE ELEMENTS.  KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOLLOWING TERMS USED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CAN HELP YOU MAKE IT THROUGH THE WINTER SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY.

* HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER MAY DEVELOP DURING THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS.  THE OUTLOOK IS INTENDED TO ASSIST THOSE PEOPLE THAT NEED CONSIDERABLE LEAD TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE EVENT, SUCH AS RANCHERS, STORE OWNERS, OUTDOOR WORKERS, AND THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMUNITY.

* WINTER STORM WATCH...HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER, HEAVY SNOW OR A BLIZZARD, IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DAYS, BUT THE EXACT TIMING, LOCATION, OR OCCURRENCE OF THE STORM IS STILL UNCERTAIN. A WATCH MEANS YOU SHOULD GET PREPARED FOR A WINTER STORM.

* WINTER STORM WARNING...HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IS IMMINENT IF NOT ALREADY OCCURRING.  TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE.  YOU SHOULD BE READY FOR A STORM BY THIS TIME. TYPICALLY, STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 6 INCHES OR MORE IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE LOWER ELEVEATIONS OR 12 INCHES OR MORE IS ANTICIPATED IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* BLIZZARD WARNING...THE MOST DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER WILL OCCUR IN YOUR AREA: A COMBINATION OF WINDS 35 MPH OR GREATER AND SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES LESS THAN 1/4 MILE FOR SEVERAL HOURS.  BLINDING SNOW (NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY), DEEP DRIFTS, AND DANGEROUS WIND CHILL WILL OCCUR.  YOU SHOULD SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY!

* WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY...WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE AND MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  HOWEVER, IF CAUTION IS EXERCISED, THESE SITUATIONS SHOULD NOT BECOME LIFE THREATENING. THE GREATEST HAZARD IS OFTEN TO MOTORISTS. TYPICALLY, STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 3 TO 6 INCHES IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OR 6 TO 12 INCHES IS ANTICIPATED IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* HIGH WIND WARNING...HAZARDOUS WINDS ARE OCCURRING OR WILL SOON OCCUR ACROSS A SIGNIFICANT AREA.  FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW ABOUT 7,500 FEET, SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH OR GREATER, OR GUSTS TO 58 MPH OR MORE ARE OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.  IN HIGHER ELEVATIONS THE CRITERIA IS SUSTAINED WIND OF 50 MPH OR GREATER, OR GUSTS TO AT LEAST 75 MPH. TRAVEL DURING HIGH WIND EVENTS CAN BE DANGEROUS.

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO GET INSTANT WEATHER FORECASTS AND WATCH, WARNING AND ADVISORY INFORMATION IS NOAA WEATHER RADIO.  THESE ROUND-THE-CLOCK BROADCASTS CAN BE FOUND ON THE PUBLIC SERVICE BAND, BETWEEN 162.400 AND 162.550 MHZ.  MANY COMMERCIAL SCANNERS CAN BE PROGRAMMED TO RECEIVE THESE BROADCASTS, AND SEVERAL COMPANIES SELL SPECIAL RADIOS FOR THIS PURPOSE.

THESE BROADCASTS CAN BE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. OVER 20 NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRNASMITTERS ARE LOCATED IN OR VERY NEAR WYOMING AT THE LOCATIONS LISTED BELOW.  RECEPTION OF THE BROADCASTS IS NORMALLY LIMITED TO WITHIN 40 MILES OF THE TRANSMITTER.

THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM (EAS) ACROSS OUR NATION ENSURES WINTER WEATHER OR SEVERE SUMMER WARNING MESSAGES ORIGINATING ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO ARE RELAYED VIA COMMERCIAL BROADCASTERS ACTIVE PARTICIPATING IN THE EAS.

RECORDED FORECAST INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.  THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR THE OFFICES IN AND NEAR WYOMING ARE LISTED BELOW.  FOR TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF OTHER OFFICES IN THE U.S. ...CHECK DIRECTORY INFORMATION UNDER: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

                  FORECAST INFORMATION        NOAA WEATHER RADIO
CITY                TELEPHONE NUMBER              FREQUENCY

AFTON                1-800-211-1448              162.425 MHZ
BILLINGS             1-406-652-1916              162.550 MHZ
CASPER               1-800-211-1448              162.400 MHZ
CHEYENNE             1-307-635-9901              162.550 MHZ
CODY                 1-800-211-1448              162.400 MHZ
DRIGGS/VICTOR        1-208-233-0137              162.450 MHZ
DUBOIS               1-800-211-1448              162.450 MHZ
EVANSTON             1-801-524-5133              162.450 MHZ
GILLETTE             1-605-341-7531              162.500 MHZ
GLENDO               1-307-635-9901              162.450 MHZ
GRANT VILLAGE - YNP  1-800-211-1448              162.450 MHZ
JACKSON              1-800-211-1448              162.525 MHZ
KAYCEE               1-800-211-1448              162.550 MHZ
KEMMERER             1-800-211-1448              162.525 MHZ
LANDER               1-800-211-1448              162.475 MHZ
LEAD                 1-605-341-7531              162.525 MHZ
MAMMOTH - YNP        1-800-211-1448              162.425 MHZ
NEWCASTLE            1-605-341-7531              162.475 MHZ
PINEDALE             1-800-211-1448              162.500 MHZ
POCATELLO            1-208-233-0137              162.550 MHZ
RAWLINS              1-307-635-9901              162.425 MHZ
RAPID CITY           1-605-341-7531              162.550 MHZ
RIVERTON             1-800-211-1448              162.475 MHZ
ROCK SPRINGS         1-800-211-1448              162.550 MHZ
SALT LAKE CITY       1-801-524-5133              162.550 MHZ
SHERIDAN             1-406-652-1916              162.475 MHZ
THERMOPOLIS          1-800-211-1448              162.500 MHZ
WORLAND              1-800-211-1448              162.525 MHZ

ROAD INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM STATES THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN U.S.  THOSE NUMBERS ARE:

WYOMING                 1-888-WYO-ROAD / 1-888-996-7623
COLORADO                1-303-639-1111
KANSAS                  1-800-585-7623
NEBRASKA                1-800-906-9069
SOUTH DAKOTA            1-866-697-3511
MONTANA                 1-800-226-7623
IDAHO                   1-888-432-7623
UTAH                    1-866-511-8824

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ON THE INTERNET AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV.

FOR MORE WINTER SAFETY INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGER, THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, OR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. WHEN CALLING THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RIVERTON BE SURE TO REMEMBER THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER, 1-800-211-1448 OR VISIT US ON THE INTERNET AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/RIVERTON.



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