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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
545 AM EDT Fri Nov 3 2017


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

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

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...


The next statement around 6 am Saturday will be a recap of winter
weather safety.

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