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...This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week...

Winter storms can be dangerous. Are you weather ready? You can
minimize the impact of severe winter weather by being prepared. Get
the latest weather conditions and forecast for your entire route
before traveling, even if it is a short trip. The best way to get
the latest winter weather information directly from the National
Weather Service is by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or by visiting
our website at You can also follow us on
Facebook by searching National Weather Service Chicago and on
Twitter with @NWSChicago.

The National Weather Service issues outlooks, watches, warnings, and
advisories for hazardous winter weather.

The Hazardous Weather Outlook highlights potentially dangerous
winter storms, high winds, and extreme cold, up to seven days in

A Winter Storm Watch means severe winter weather is possible in the
next few days. Check your supplies of food, fuel and medications.

A Winter Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
imminent within the next 12 to 24 hours. Avoid traveling and stay

A Winter Weather Advisory is for winter weather that causes a
significant inconvenience, especially to motorists. Use extra
caution while traveling.

Blizzards are the most dangerous winter storms. Blowing and drifting
snow can reduce visibility to less than one quarter mile causing you
to become disoriented and make travel impossible.

Heavy accumulations of ice can bring down trees and topple utility
poles and communication towers. Even small accumulations of ice can
be extremely dangerous to motorists and pedestrians.

Long cold spells can cause rivers to freeze. A rise in the water
level or a thaw breaks the ice into large chunks which become jammed
at man-made and natural obstructions. Ice jams can act as a dam,
resulting in flooding.

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