Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
1030 AM EST FRI NOV 7 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES IN NEW YORK...

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON IS URGING YOU
TO PREPARE FOR THE HARSH...AND SOMETIMES DANGEROUS
WEATHER THAT THE WINTER SEASON OFTEN BRINGS.

THIS MESSAGE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME TERMS THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE USES TO DESCRIBE WINTER
WEATHER AS WELL AS THE DEFINITIONS OF WATCHES...WARNINGS
AND ADVISORIES ISSUED FOR WINTER WEATHER EVENTS.

A WINTER STORM OUTLOOK IS ISSUED PRIOR TO A WINTER
STORM WATCH. THE OUTLOOK IS ISSUED WHEN FORECASTERS
BELIEVE WINTER STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE. OUTLOOKS
ARE USUALLY ISSUED 3 TO 5 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF A
WINTER STORM.

IN GENERAL A WINTER STORM WATCH ALERTS THE PUBLIC TO THE
POSSIBILITY OF HEAVY SNOW...HEAVY FREEZING
RAIN...OR HEAVY SLEET. WINTER STORM WATCHES ARE USUALLY
ISSUED 36 TO 72 HOURS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF A WINTER
STORM. THESE EVENTS MAY OCCUR SEPARATELY OR IN
COMBINATION. A BLIZZARD WATCH IS USUALLY ISSUED WHEN BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN 36 TO 72 HOURS.

SINCE WATCHES ARE ISSUED WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE STORM...
THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN THE STORM DOES
NOT MATERIALIZE...SO THEY MAY BE CANCELED.

ON THE OTHER HAND...A WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN HAZARDOUS
WINTER WEATHER IS IMMINENT OR HAS ALREADY BEGUN. IT IS ISSUED
FOR CONDITIONS WHICH POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE WARNING HEADLINES ISSUED FOR WINTER WEATHER
EVENTS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IN
THE FORM OF HEAVY SNOW...HEAVY FREEZING RAIN...HEAVY SLEET OR
ANY COMBINATION OF HEAVY WINTER PRECIPITATION...IS
IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. WINTER STORM WARNINGS ARE USUALLY ISSUED 12
TO 36 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN.

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS ISSUED FOR SUSTAINED OR GUSTY WINDS OF 35
MPH OR MORE...AND FALLING OR BLOWING SNOW CREATING VISIBILITIES
AT OR BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE. THESE CONDITIONS SHOULD PERSIST
FOR AT LEAST 3 HOURS.

A LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW IS
IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.

A WIND CHILL WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES
ARE EXPECTED TO BE HAZARDOUS TO LIFE WITHIN SEVERAL MINUTES OF
EXPOSURE...USUALLY AT TEMPERATURES BELOW MINUS 25 DEGREES FARENHEIT.

AN ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR LESS SERIOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS. SPECIFIC
ADVISORIES WILL ALERT YOU TO WEATHER THAT WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT
EFFECT ON MOTORISTS...OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES...OR PUBLIC EVENTS. THE
FOLLOWING ARE THE ADVISORY HEADLINES ISSUED FOR WINTER WEATHER
EVENTS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW...
FREEZING RAIN...FREEZING DRIZZLE...AND SLEET WHICH WILL CAUSE
SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCES...BUT IF SUFFICIENT CAUTION IS
EXERCISED...DO NOT USUALLY THREATEN LIFE AND PROPERTY.

A LAKE EFFECT SNOW ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN ACCUMULATIONS OF
LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES ARE
EXPECTED TO BE A SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE TO LIFE WITH PROLONGED
EXPOSURE...AND...IF CAUTION IS NOT EXERCISED...COULD LEAD TO
HAZARDOUS EXPOSURE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO HTTP://WEATHER.GOV/BGM/WWAW
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

$$
DJN





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