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Winter Weather Definitions

Winter Storm or Blizzard WATCH: A winter storm or blizzard is POSSIBLE, but the timing and area affected are still uncertain.

Winter Storm WARNING: A dangerous winter storm with snow, freezing precipitation, strong winds, and/or cold temperatures is expected or occurring.

Blizzard WARNING: A severe winter storm with winds 35 mph or greater and snow or blowing snow reducing visibility to less than ¼ mile is expected or occurring.

Ice Storm WARNING:  Ice accumulations ¼ inch or more that could cause dangerous conditions and significant damage is expected or occurring.

Winter Weather ADVISORY:  Three to five inches of snow, blowing snow, light freezing precipitation, strong winds, and/or cold temperatures are expected or occurring.

Freezing Rain ADVISORY:  Light freezing precipitation is expected or occurring.

Wind Chill WARNING:  Wind chill values -35° F or colder.

Wind Chill ADVISORY:  Wind chill values between -25° and -35° F.

High Wind WARNING: Sustained winds 40 mph or greater or wind gusts 58 mph or greater.

Wind ADVISORY: Sustained winds 30 to 39 mph or wind gusts 45 to 57 mph.

Blowing Dust WARNING: Visibilities at or below 1/4 mile.

Blowing Dust ADVISORY: Visibilities between 1 and 1/4 mile.

Dense Fog ADVISORY: Visibilities at or below 1/4 mile.

Freeze WARNING: Temperatures 32 degrees or colder for several hours over a widespread area during the growing season, generally May 1 through October 15.

Frost ADVISORY: Temperatures 33 to 36 degrees, clear skies, and light winds for several hours over a widespread area during the growing season, generally May 1 through October 15.

Extreme Cold WARNING: Air temperatures -35 ° F or colder with calm or very light winds.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook contains a summary of active watches, warnings, and advisories and an outlook of potential winter storms, severe thunderstorms, flooding, and other hazard weather for the next seven day.


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