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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
110 PM CST SUN NOV 2 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 2014...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALONG WITH THE NEBRASKA EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND THE IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT DIVISION HAVE DECLARED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AS
WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY IN NEBRASKA AND IOWA.

EACH DAY LEADING UP TO WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY WE WILL
COVER A DIFFERENT TOPIC. TODAY`S TOPIC IS: WINTER WEATHER
TERMINOLOGY.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE WINTER WEATHER FORECAST TERMS YOU
WILL HEAR THIS WINTER SEASON. KNOW WHAT THESE TERMS MEAN AND HOW
YOU SHOULD PREPARE AND RESPOND FOR EACH SITUATION.

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS AN ADVANCE FORECAST NOTICE THAT HAZARDOUS
WEATHER SUCH AS A BLIZZARD, HEAVY SNOW OR AN ICE STORM MAY
DEVELOP. YOU SHOULD NOT BECOME UNDULY ALARMED BUT BE AWARE THE
THREAT EXITS AND MONITOR FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS.

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS THAT HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER THAT POSES A
DIRECT THREAT TO LIFE OR PROPERTY SUCH AS A BLIZZARD, HEAVY SNOW,
OR A ICE STORM IS OCCURRING OR EXPECTED TO OCCUR WITHIN THE NEXT 6
TO 12 HOURS.

A HEAVY SNOW WARNING IS THE FORECAST OF SNOWFALL OF 6 INCHES OR MORE
IN 12 HOURS OR 8 INCHES OR MORE IN 24 HOURS.

AN ICE STORM WARNING IS THE FORECAST OF LIFE THREATENING AND DAMAGING
ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE WHEN RAIN FREEZES ON CONTACT WITH SURFACES.
DRIVING AND WALKING CAN BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED FOR LESS SERIOUS WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE SIGNIFICANT INCONVENIENCE AND IF CAUTION IS
NOT EXERCISED COULD LEAD TO SITUATIONS THAT MIGHT THREATEN LIFE OR
PROPERTY. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES MAY BE ISSUED FOR SUCH EVENTS
AS SNOW, BLOWING SNOW, FREEZING RAIN AND FREEZING DRIZZLE.

THE WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY PACKET CAN BE FOUND AT:
HTTP://GOO.GL/3ZOSQG (ALL LOWERCASE-ONLY THE 3 IS A NUMBER)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
CATHY ZAPOTOCNY
METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OMAHA
402-359-5166

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