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Winter Storm Terms
Winter Weather Advisory:
Winter weather conditions such as cold, ice or snow are expected to delay travel, cause major problems or create other types of dangerous conditions.
Winter Storm Watch:
Usually issued 24 hours before the start of the event. Means potential exists for six-inch accumulations or more of snow or ice.
Winter Storm Warning:
Usually issued within 12 hours of the start of the event. Means the occurrence of heavy snow, sleet or freezing rain is expected.
Heavy snow, high winds and dangerously low temperatures are expected. Blizzards can cause severe weather conditions, such as zero visibility and life-threatening wind-chill.
Carry a winter car kit that includes the following:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Tow chain or rope
- Bag of sand or salt
- Extra mittens, coats, hats, boots
- Windshield scraper
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Emergency flares
- Pull off the highway, stay calm and remain in your vehicle.
- Do not set out on foot. A building may seem close but be too far to walk to in deep snow. Set your hazard lights to "flashing" and hang a cloth or distress flag from the window or radio antenna.
- If you run your car engine to keep warm, open a window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Keep snow cleared away from your exhaust pipe.
- Be careful not to use up battery power. Balance the use of radio, heat and lights.
- In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for warmth. Use your coat as a blanket.