...THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS WE ALL
SHOULD BE AWARE OF FOR THE UPCOMING WINTER SEASON...


A WINTER STORM IS AN EVENT CAUSING A SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATION
OF ICE OR SNOW. A SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATION WOULD BE 4
INCHES OR MORE IN 12 HOURS OR 6 INCHES OR MORE IN 24 HOURS.
A QUARTER-INCH OR MORE OF ICE OR SLEET IS CONSIDERED SIGNIFICANT.
AN ICE STORM CAN CAUSE VERY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND
MAY POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. LOW WIND CHILL INDICES AND
LOW VISIBILITIES MAY ALSO ACCOMPANY WINTER STORMS.

WINTER STORM WATCHES ARE ISSUED BETWEEN 24 AND 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF AN EXPECTED WINTER STORM. THE WATCH WILL DESCRIBE THE KIND OF WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED...SNOW AND OR SLEET AND OR ICE...AND THE EXPECTED ACCUMULATION. WHEN A WATCH IS ISSUED...RESIDENTS SHOULD TAKE CAUTION...BEGIN TO PREPARE... AND KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. WINTER STORM WARNINGS ARE ISSUED WHEN A WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED WITHIN 12 HOURS. AT THIS TIME...PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION. SEVERE WINTER STORMS SOMETIMES BRING PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES AND VERY DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED WHEN LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW...FREEZING RAIN...FREEZING DRIZZLE...OR SLEET ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR BUT CAUSE ONLY AN INCONVENIENCE TO MOTORISTS AND RESIDENTS. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED FALL TO ZERO OR BELOW. REMEMBER...WIND CHILL IS WHAT THE ACTUAL AIR TEMPERATURE FEELS LIKE WITH THE WIND FACTORED INTO IT. RESIDENTS SHOULD LIMIT OUTDOOR EXPOSURE AND OR PROTECT EXPOSED SKIN DURING LOW WIND CHILL READINGS. ..HERE ARE DESCRIPTIONS OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION: SNOW FLURRIES ARE VERY LIGHT SNOW FALLING FOR A SHORT DURATION. FLURRIES WILL PRODUCE ONLY A LIGHT COATING OF SNOW AT BEST. SNOW SHOWERS CONSIST OF SNOW FALLING AT VARYING INTENSITIES FOR BRIEF PERIODS OF TIME. MOST SNOW SHOWERS PRODUCE LITTLE TO NO ACCUMULATION....HOWEVER...HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS FALLING OVER A LONGER DURATION CAN PRODUCE ANYWHERE FROM A DUSTING TO A COUPLE OF INCHES UNDER THE RIGHT CONDITIONS. SLEET IS COMPOSED OF RAIN DROPS FALLING THROUGH A SHALLOW LAYER OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES. WHEN THE LIQUID DROP ENCOUNTERS FREEZING TEMPERATURES...IT TURNS INTO AN ICE PELLET. SLEET DOES NOT STICK TO OBJECTS OR CAUSE A GLAZE...BUT IT CAN STILL ACCUMULATE ON SIDEWALKS... BRIDGES...UNTREATED ROADWAYS AND OVERPASSES... MAKING DRIVING HAZARDOUS. FREEZING RAIN IS MADE UP OF RAIN DROPS FALLING INTO A VERY SHALLOW LAYER OF COLD AIR AT THE GROUND. ONCE THE LIQUID DROP ENCOUNTERS THE FREEZING SURFACE TEMPERATURE...IT FREEZES ON CONTACT. FREEZING RAIN IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF WINTER WEATHER...PRODUCING A GLAZE OF ICE ON ROADWAYS KNOWN AS BLACK ICE. BLACK ICE IS VERY HARD TO DETECT AND CAN LEAD TO AUTO ACCIDENTS AND SIDEWALK FALLS. IT CAN ALSO MAKE TRAVEL ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS.

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