With snow in our forecast and winter in our near future, the IUP Emergency Management Office would like to provide you with some terms below.
The National Weather Service defines these winter terms:
Blizzard: Sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or more with snow and blowing snow, frequently reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile for three hours or more.
Blowing Snow: Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility. Blowing snow may be falling snow and/or snow on the ground can get picked up by the wind.
Snow Squalls: Brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant.
Snow Showers: Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
Flurries: Light snow falling for short duration with little or no accumulation.
Freezing Rain: Rain that freezes when it hits the ground; creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees, and power lines.
Sleet: Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
Watch: Be prepared
Advisory: Be aware
Warning: Take action
Stay tuned for more information and tips on Winter Weather Preparedness during National Winter Preparedness Week, November 11–15, 2019.