The West Coast is bracing itself for a winter storm with heavy snowfall expected in the Cascades and Olympics. Areas above 2,000 feet could receive a foot or more of snow. Mountain passes, including Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass, could receive several feet. As a result, a host of weather alerts have been issued for western Washington.
Winter storm warnings
Winter storm warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when hazardous weather is predicted. They are typically issued 36 hours before a storm is expected to hit. This allows for people to take necessary precautions and prepare their homes. Warnings are also issued if there’s a risk of flooding. It is important to stay informed about weather conditions because it can be hard to know if a storm will affect your neighborhood.
Winter storm warnings can be upgraded to emergency alerts in different circumstances. Depending on how severe the storm is, a warning can be issued for your area. A winter storm warning means that travel will be very difficult, or the risk of accidents is too great. It also means that there’s a risk of power outages.
Winter storm watches are the least concerning of the four types of winter storm warnings. These are issued a day or two before a storm, and indicate a fifty percent probability that the storm will occur within a certain amount of time. It’s a good time to buy a shovel, if you don’t have one already. A winter storm warning is more serious than a winter storm watch and can mean several inches of snow or sleet in a 12 to twenty-four-hour period.
Depending on where you live, a winter storm warning may be issued for a period of two to five days. This means that you’ll have to brace yourself for the cold and wind. The warnings can also include blizzard conditions. In some cases, wind chills can be as low as 24 degrees below zero, making travel hazardous, especially in icy conditions.
Winter storm warnings are issued for many counties across the Northeast and Midwest. The weather is likely to be hazardous for travel and businesses, and the National Weather Service warns of potential snowfall and ice accumulation. In some areas, freezing rain and sleet are possible. Ice accumulations could range from a glaze to a tenth of an inch. Gusty winds could also reduce visibility.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the Eastern part of New York and the Hudson Valley. It will cover the region from 7 a.m. on Saturday. An advisory will also cover the Lower Hudson Valley, the interior of SW Connecticut, and NE New Jersey.
Ice storm warnings
An ice storm warning is a warning for a possible ice storm. It means that the temperature will dip below freezing and ice accumulations could reach one-quarter of an inch. This kind of warning is particularly dangerous, since it can cause power outages and dangerous walking and driving conditions. In addition, it may cause many schools to close, so people should take extra precautions and prepare for it.
This warning is issued primarily for the northern Great Lakes, upper Midwest, and parts of far northern Maine. The snow and ice will be heavy and difficult to drive through, so people should avoid these areas. The wintry weather is expected to taper off Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. However, there could still be ice accumulations and slippery travel in parts of northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and northern Michigan.
In addition, a blizzard warning is issued when the wind speed exceeds 35 mph. If the winds are strong, the snow can be extremely heavy and reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile. If the snow and ice are particularly heavy, it can be dangerous to travel, so it is important to have a plan in case of emergency. Prepare a contingency kit for you and your family. This kit includes extra clothing and dialysis, if you need it.
As of Saturday afternoon, most of upstate New York is under a winter storm watch. The National Weather Service said that the snowfall amounts could vary greatly from southern to eastern New York, with snowfall rates of one to four inches per hour in some areas. During the night, the snowfall rates will decrease, especially in southern and central New York. Travel in the southern Adirondacks, Mohawk Valley, and Schoharie Valley may be difficult to impossible.
A blizzard watch for weather means that a major winter storm is on the way. The storm is expected to bring significant amounts of falling snow and blowing snow with wind gusts of more than 35 mph. Wind chill values below zero are possible, which can cause severe icing conditions. It’s important to prepare for the worst by stocking up on food, water, and heating fuel. Also, make sure your vehicle has half a tank of gas.
A blizzard warning or watch is issued when a severe winter storm is expected to hit an area within the next 12 hours. The blizzard warning indicates that the wind chill will be -25 degrees or lower, which can cause frostbite and even hypothermia. Combined snow and ice can lead to serious public impacts.
A blizzard watch can be upgraded to a blizzard warning if the wind gusts are 35+ MPH and visibility is reduced to less than a quarter mile. However, the blizzard watch will be phased out in 2020. The blizzard watch will be replaced by a winter storm warning, so that you can be sure to stay safe. In the meantime, the News 12 Storm Watch Team will continue to monitor the weather conditions and keep you informed of the potential impacts of a storm.
The Blizzard Warning covers most of the eastern United States, extending from the far southern Delmarva Peninsula in New Jersey to the coastal areas of Maine and eastern Pennsylvania. Boston and Portland, Maine are also included in the advisory, as are several other cities on the East Coast. However, travelers should avoid travel during a blizzard warning if possible.
Blizzard conditions are the worst kind of winter weather. The cold air prevents melting snow and makes it easier for visibility to diminish. The National Weather Services issues a blizzard warning when the forecast is accurate and the conditions are conducive to a blizzard. Blizzard watches typically last at least 24 hours and include wind gusts of 35+ miles per hour.
Wind chill advisory
A wind chill advisory is a warning for extreme cold. Wind chill temperatures below zero can cause frostbite or hypothermia. Wind chills of 15 to 24 below zero are considered dangerous. At these temperatures, you need to cover up, stay indoors, and be sure to stay hydrated.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory and winter weather warning for parts of eastern South Dakota. In fact, the city of Sioux Falls is under a wind chill advisory and could receive up to an inch of snow. Additionally, high winds of 55 mph can cause cold wind chill values. Additionally, Marshall, Roberts, and Day counties in South Dakota have blizzard warnings.
The wind chill advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m. tonight into the early morning hours of Monday. In the southern part of CNY, wind chills could fall to 15 below zero. It may also be dangerous to walk outside if you’re exposed to the cold. If this happens, you could suffer from frostbite or hypothermia.
Wind chill will be 10 to 20 degrees below zero in some parts of WNY, and that will cause hypothermia. As a result, if you’re headed to a game, consider staying indoors or relocating to a warm place, such as a home.
Winds will be fierce during Tuesday’s snow storm. Some areas will experience less snow than expected. However, the high wind chills will make travel difficult. You should plan your commute accordingly. If you’re headed out in the morning, make sure you leave enough time for a safe and efficient commute.