With temperatures plummeting further this week, and more snow forecast, here is your quick guide to government issued weather terms for winter weather emergencies:
Freezing Rain – Rain that freezes when it hits the ground. This type of weather is particularly dangerous when driving. It can cause a layer of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
Sleet – Rain that forms ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet can create moisture on surfaces and makes roads slippery.
Winter Weather Advisory – Issued when winter weather conditions are expected to cause hazards. Caution is advised but situations are not expected to be life threating.
Winter Storm Watch – Weather patterns can be unpredictable. When a winter storm watch is issued tuning into your local radio, weather or television stations is adviced for the most accurate information.
Winter Storm Warning – A winter storm is expected to hit your area soon.
Blizzard Warning – High and sustained winds, frequent or gusts up to 35 miles per hour or greater, plus falling or blowing snow. This creates reduced visibility of less than a quarter of mile. Only issued when the conditions are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.
Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected.
As always, make sure conditions are safe before driving any vehicle.