Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
900 AM EST WED NOV 12 2014

...PENNSYLVANIA WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL
TOPIC EACH WEEK DAY DURING WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. TODAY/S
TOPIC:

ICE STORMS.

HEAVY ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE CAN BRING DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES...AS
WELL AS TOPPLE UTILITY POLES AND COMMUNICATION TOWERS. ICE CAN
DISRUPT COMMUNICATIONS AND POWER FOR DAYS WHILE UTILITY COMPANIES
REPAIR EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. EVEN SMALL ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE CAN BE
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS. BRIDGES AND
OVERPASSES ARE PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEY FREEZE BEFORE
OTHER SURFACES.

FREEZING RAIN IS THE RESULT OF PRECIPITATION WHICH INITIALLY FALLS
AS SNOW...THEN ENCOUNTERS A LAYER OF WARM AIR WHICH MELTS THE SNOW
CHANGING IT TO RAIN. THE RAIN THEN FREEZES AS IT ENCOUNTERS BELOW
FREEZING AIR AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE CREATING A FILM OF ICE.

MOST OF THE UNITED STATES RECEIVES LESS THAN 10 HOURS OF FREEZING
RAIN ANNUALLY WITH THE HIGHEST FREQUENCY IN THE SAINT LAWRENCE RIVER
VALLEY WHERE OVER 40 HOURS OF FREEZING RAIN ARE OBSERVED ANNUALLY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES ICE STORM WARNINGS FOR
PENNSYLVANIA WHEN SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED AND
WINTER WEATHER OR FREEZING RAIN ADVISORIES FOR ANY ICE ACCRETION
WHICH ALSO INCLUDES FREEZING DRIZZLE. THE POCONOS IN NORTHEAST
PENNSYLVANIA ARE MOST SUSCEPTILE TO ICE STORMS WITH THE MOST
RECENT STORMS OCCURRING IN JANUARY 2003 AND 2005.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PENNSYLVANIA WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
GO TO:

HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/CTP/WINTERWEATHERAWARENESSWEEK

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED
AT HTTP://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NWSBINGHAMTON AND TWITTER AT
HTTP://WWW.TWITTER.COM/NWSBINGHAMTON  YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW
ALONG USING THE HASHTAG #WINTERPREP.

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT DAVE NICOSIA WARNING COORDINATION
METEOROLOGIST FOR NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
BINGHAMTON AT 607-770-9531 X 223 OR VIA EMAIL AT
DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV


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