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000 NOUS41 KOKX 030945 PNSOKX Public Information Statement National Weather Service New York NY 545 AM EDT Fri Nov 3 2017 ...THIS IS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK... Please join the National Weather Service and the New York State Office of Emergency Management in promoting winter weather education including safety. The topic for today is the new simplified winter weather services. The NWS issues only one type of Winter Weather Watches...Winter Storm. There are also three types of Winter Weather Warnings... Blizzard, Winter Storm, and Wind Chill. There are also two types of Winter Weather Advisories...Winter Weather, Wind Chill. Watches and warnings are issued for potentially life threatening hazardous weather. Watches are usually issued 24 to 36 hours before an event is expected. Warnings are usually issued up to 24 hours before an event. Advisories are issued for less serious events up to 24 hours before they occur. A blizzard warning will be issued for sustained winds or frequent wind gusts to 35 mph or greater, and considerable falling and/or blowing snow, frequently reducing visibilities below 1/4 Mile, for a period of 3 hours or longer. Winter storm watches and warnings are issued for... Heavy snow, when an average of at least 6 inches in 12 hours or 8 inches in 24 hours is forecast. Significant freezing rain, when at least one half inch of ice is forecast. A combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain expected to cause impacts similar to those of either heavy snow or significant freezing rain. Wind chill watches and warnings are issued when air temperatures and sustained wind speeds are forecast to produce wind chills of at least minus 25 degrees. Flood watches and warnings are issued for flooding of rivers, small streams, streets and poor drainage areas. Heavy rain lasting at least 6 hours and snow melt are usually a major cause of flooding. Coastal flood watches and warnings are issued for at least widespread moderate flooding of shorelines for inundation of 2 to 3 feet above ground level. High wind watches and warnings are issued for sustained winds averaging at least 40 mph for at least 1 hour, or for wind gusts reaching at least 58 mph for any duration. Advisories will be issued for lower amounts or values and cover winter weather, freezing rain or freezing drizzle, wind and wind chill, and dense fog. For specific NWS criteria, access our winter weather web page at... WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OKX/WINTER The next statement around 6 am Saturday will be a recap of winter weather safety. $$

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