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HOW TO UNDERSTAND WINTER WEATHER
The first official day of winter was Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Are you ready for the winter weather that shows up this time of year?
There are three different safety notices that the National Weather Service issues during the winter. They are winter weather Warnings, Watches, and Advisories, and they all mean something different. These notices give us an indication of the projected weather conditions. All the notices give us key information so that we can protect ourselves from the effects of winter weather.
- “Winter Weather Advisories are issued when snow, blowing snow, ice, sleet, or a combination of these wintry elements is expected but conditions should not be hazardous enough to meet warning criteria. Be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible travel difficulties. Use caution when driving.
- Winter Storm Watches are issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events.)
- Winter Storm Warnings are issued for a significant winter weather event including snow, ice, sleet or blowing snow or a combination of these hazards. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations. Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.” (https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter-ww/)
We urge you to travel safely if you must be out on the roads during a weather event. Remember to slow down and increase your following distance!
- Julie Happy