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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Fri Nov 4 2016

...This week is the 2016 NOAA`s Winter Weather Awareness week for
New York State...

The National Weather Service will feature a different educational
topic each day. Today`s topic is National Weather Service Winter

Your National Weather Service in Binghamton is urging you to
prepare for the harsh, and sometimes dangerous weather that
winter 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.

Watches are issued when a storm is in it`s early stage of
development, and may create conditions that may harm life and

The following are the watch headlines issued for winter weather

A winter storm outlook is issued prior to a winter storm watch.
The outlook is issued when a forecaster believes winter storm
conditions are possible 3 to 5 days in the future.

In general a winter storm watch is issued when heavy snow,
accumulating freezing rain, or heavy sleet may occur. Winter
storm watches are typically issued 36 to 72 hours before a winter
storm starts.

A blizzard watch is issued when blizzard conditions may occur
in the next 36 to 72 hours.

Warnings are issued when the threat to life and property is imminent
or has already begun.

The following are the warning headlines issued for winter weather

A winter storm warning is issued when hazardous winter weather in
the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, heavy sleet or
any combination there of, is imminent or occurring. Winter storm
warnings are typically issued 12 to 36 hours before the event is
expected to start.

A blizzard warning is issued when sustained or gusty winds of 35
mph or more prevail, combined with falling or blowing snow,
reduce visibilities of one quarter of a mile or blow, and last 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 the combination of extreme cold
and winds greater than 5 mph occur. This combination will result in
frostbite, hypothermia, or even death when exposed in this type
of condition for an extended period of time.

Advisories are issued for less serious weather conditions that will
not cause immediate threat to life and property. Advisories will be
issued when weather conditions will impact motorists, outdoor
activities, or public events if proper precautions are not taken.

The following are the advisory headlines issued for winter weather

A winter weather advisory is issued for accumulations of snow,
freezing rain, freezing drizzle, or sleet, that will create
inconveniences. During an advisory, if caution is not exercised,
life and property may be threatened.

A lake effect snow advisory is issued when accumulations of
from lake effect snow will cause inconveniences.

A wind chill advisory is issued when wind chill temperatures
create inconvenience to life with prolonged exposure. If caution
is not exercised, hypothermia and frostbite may occur.

Additional information will be disseminated by social media
platforms: Facebook at, and
Twitter at,

Please join us by using the following hashtags:
#Winterprep, #Winter, and #AreYouReady.

For additional information on New York Winter Weather
Awareness Week:

You can also contact Dave Nicosia at,, or
Kat Hawley at,, for additional information
about NOAA`s 2016 National Weather Service Winter Weather
Awareness Week.

KAH is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.