Monthly Archives: November 2017

Ice Safety – Safe Ice Thickness

Ice can always be dangerous because of changing conditions and inconsistencies in its thickness, particularly when there is running water beneath it. It is critical to evaluate the ice quality and type before traveling out onto it.

Winter Weather Awareness

Winter storms can bring snow, sleet and freezing rain across the entire U.S. Use these helpful tips to keep you and your family safe.

Winter Weather/Storms – Warning Alert Notifications

Winter storms have the capability to completely immobilize large areas of a state, and possibly several states simultaneously. Thus, winter weather warnings, watches, and advisories are issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for relatively large geographic areas, rather than for one specific county or a small group of counties.

Winter Storms/Extreme Cold – Mitigation (Actions Before, During, After)

Planning and preparing can help you manage the impact of a winter storm and keep you and your family safe.

Winter Weather Precipitation Types

During the winter, there are 4 major precipitation types that meteorologists focus on. They are rain, freezing rain, sleet, and of course snow.

Extreme Cold Weather Safety

Extremely cold air comes every winter in at least part of the country and affect millions of people across the United States. The arctic air, together with brisk winds, can lead to dangerously cold wind chill values.

Winter Storms/Extreme Cold – Vulnerability Assessment

To assess your vulnerability to the threat of a Winter Storm or Extreme Cold event to your family and property, perform an assessment to determine if you have knowledge of, are prepared and/or have a plan by answering certain questions.

Winter Storms/Extreme Cold – Aspects and Features

Winter storms can range from a normal snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms bring dangerously low temperatures and, sometimes, strong winds, icing, sleet, and freezing rain. Moreover, serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold such as hypothermia and frostbite.

Extreme Cold – Warning Alert Notifications

Extreme Cold Notifications issued by the National Weather Service include frost advisories, freeze, and hard freeze watches and warnings. Wind chill notifications are also used, but are only defined for temperatures at or below 50°F and wind speeds above 3 mph.

Winter Storms/Extreme Cold – Types and Classifications

A winter storm is an event in which varieties of precipitation are formed that only occur at low temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are low enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain).

Winter Weather Resources

Learn how to stay safe in a winter storm or in abnormally cold weather for your area. If you know what to do before, during, and after a winter event, you can increase your chances of survival.