Severe/Winter Weather Guides
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The National Weather Service authors Severe and Winter Weather guides annually. The guides serve to educate the public about hazardous weather and how to prepare for severe and winter storms.
Winter Guide (Headlines/Pg 1)
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When the weather turns foul this Winter, the National Weather Service will issue Watches, Warnings and Advisories to let people know what kind of conditions are expected.


A Winter Storm Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for heavy snow and/or ice. A winter storm is possible but not imminent.


When a winter storm becomes imminent (significant accumulations of snow and/or ice), a Warning is issued. Road conditions are expected to become hazardous, with travel not recommended.
In the picture: Heavy snow (6" to 12" with as much as 18") blanketed much of central and southern Arkansas on 01/27/2000 and early on 01/28/2000. Schools and businesses closed due to the storm.


If an approaching storm is not expected to bring heavy snow and/or ice, but precipitation will be enough to cause problems such as travel advisory is posted. Trees were coated by a thin layer of ice in this storm.
In the picture: Trees were coated by a thin layer of ice in this storm. A few limbs fell on some power lines, but travel was not bad with only a few slick roads. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.