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000 NOUS42 KMHX 110834 PNSMHX NCZ029-044>047-079>081-090>095-098-103-104-112045- Public Information Statement National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC 334 AM EST Sun Dec 11 2016 **************************************************************** WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA DEC 11 TO DEC 17 2016 **************************************************************** This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be issuing informative messages to help you prepare for winter weather. ...Outlook for this Winter... Forecasters at NOAA`s Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook in late October, saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in NC. This climate outlook provides the most likely outcome for the upcoming winter season. However, regardless of the outlook, there is always a chance of extreme winter weather. With that in mind everyone should use this week to prepare for the upcoming winter months and possibility of winter storms. ...Winter Products... Winter storm watches and warning are issued by the NWS for potentially life threatening conditions. A winter storm watch is issued when there is at least 3 inches of snow and/or 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulations possible within 24 to 48 hours of the storm. A winter storm warning is issued when at least 3 inches of snow and/or 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation is likely within the next 24 hours. A winter weather advisory is issued when 1 to 2 inches of snow or a trace or more of ice accumulation is likely within the next 24 hours. A wind chill warning is issued when wind temperatures (the combined effect of wind and temperature on exposed skin) are forecast to reach 15 below 0 or colder. A wind chill advisory is issued when wind chill temperatures are forecast to reach 0 degrees or colder. Winter storms are deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Examples are traffic accidents due to icy roads, hear attacks while shoveling snow, fires, and carbon monoxide poisoning. The NWS issues advisories, watches, and warnings to help you prepare for upcoming winter weather and take appropriate action to protect yourself and loved ones, as well as protect your property. Additional winter weather preparedness resources: NWS winter safety page: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/winter_safety North Carolina Department of Public Safety: http://readync.org FEMA`s winter preparedness page: https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather $$

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