Winter Weather Awareness: Knowing the signs and being prepared

Thursday, November 10th, marks Winter Weather Awareness Day in both Nebraska and Iowa this year. There are many things you can do to make sure you and yours are safe this upcoming season. Above all, it is important to make sure to stay tuned to weather forecasts. Snow events can usually be tracked several days in advance, but it can be important to know the differences between all the advisory/watch/warning messages being sent your way.

Winter Storm Advisory

This advisory is issued for a system producing snow, sleet, freezing rain, freezing fog, etc. Wintry weather overall can be expected but not to the level of a Winter Storm Warning. If an advisory such as this is issued, exercise caution.

Light amounts of wintry precipitation or patchy areas of blowing snow could make spots slick and affect travel.

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Winter Storm Watch

The ingredients are right for conditions to come together for a warning. The watch is commonly issued when there is the possibility to see significant amounts of snow, sleet or ice within the next 24 to 36 hours. Be prepared if a Winter Storm Watch is issued by paying attention to the forecast and making sure emergency kits are ready to go.

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Winter Storm Warning

In case of a Winter Storm Warning being issued, a storm is either producing or expected to produce heavy snow or significant ice accumulations. With this, it is time to put a plan into action to prepare for imminent winter weather. Confidence with these events is higher while impact to day-to-day plans is to be expected. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations. Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.

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Besides being safe and alert to the forecast, being prepared whether you’re at home, at work or in the car is important during the winter, too.

In terms of packing up a vehicle with the right supplies, some important tools and resources to consider include:

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Similar kits can be put together for any chance of getting stuck within your house or at work.

The Channel 8 Storm Alert Team will be working to keep you up-to-date on the latest. If interested in more tips surrounding winter weather, you can find more from the National Weather Service of Omaha.

Meteorologist Jessica Blum

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