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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
620 AM CST Mon Nov 7 2016


The National Weather Service along with the Nebraska Emergency
Management Agency and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency
Management Division have declared Thursday, November 10th as
Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska and Iowa.

Monday:  Winter Weather Forecast Terms

The following are some of the winter weather forecast terms you
will hear. Know what these terms mean and how you should prepare
and respond to 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, however be aware
the threat exists and monitor forecasts and statements.

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 lift or property. Winter weather advisories may be issued
for such events as snow, blowing snow, freezing rain, and freezing

The winter weather awareness day packet can be found at: (ALL LOWERCASE-ONLY THE first "X" AND last "Z and K"
are capitalized).

For more information contact:
Cathy Zapotocny
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
402 359-5166

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