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.
- Blizzard Warning:
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.