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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:15 AM EST on December 11, 2016

615 am EST sun Dec 11, 2016

winter weather preparedness week in North Carolina
December 11-17, 2016

This week has been declared winter weather preparedness week in
North Carolina. All week long the National Weather Service will be
issuing informative messages to help you prepare for winter weather.

Outlook for this winter: forecasters at noaas climate prediction
center issued the U.S. Winter outlook in late October, saying that
La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year. La
Nina favors drier, warmer Winters in North Carolina. This climate
outlook provides the most likely outcome for the upcoming winter
season; however, regardless of the outlook, there is always some
chance for extreme winter weather. With that in mind, everyone
should use this week to prepare for the upcoming winter months and
the possibility of winter storms.

Winter products: winter storm watches and warnings are issued by the
NWS for potentially life-threatening conditions. Winter storm
watches are issued when at least 3 inches of snow, and/or a 1/4 inch
or more of ice accumulation is expected in a 12 to 24 hour period.
They are typically issued within 24 to 48 hours of the storm. Winter
storm warnings are issued when at least 3 inches of snow or ice
accumulations of 1/4 inch or more are likely within 24 hours. A
Winter Weather Advisory is issued when 1 to 3 inches of snow or ice
accumulations of less than 1/4 inch are likely within 24 hours. A
Blizzard Warning is issued when strong winds combine with falling
and/or blowing snow to reduce visibility to one quarter mile or less
for at least 3 hours. Finally, a wind chill warning is issued when
wind chill temperatures are forecast to reach 15 degrees below zero
or colder.

Winter terminology: freezing rain is rain that falls and freezes to
a cold surface such as a Road or tree, causing a glaze of ice to
form. Freezing rain forms when rain falls through a warm layer above
the ground then freezes upon reaching the ground when the surface
air and ground-level objects are below freezing. Freezing rain or
"ice storms" can bring down trees and power lines, and severely
hamper travel. The ice storm in December of 2002 crippled central
North Carolina leaving some areas without power for a week. Sleet
is melted snow that has re-frozen into ice pellets prior to reaching
the ground. Sleet forms in a similar manner to freezing rain.
However, the layer of cold air near the ground is thick enough to
allow the rain drops to re-freeze before reaching the ground. Sleet
will bounce when it strikes a hard surface. Sleet can accumulate
like snow and make a Road slick, but it is not as hazardous as
freezing rain. The term flurries refer to very light snow or snow
that occurs for a short time period only causing a light dusting at
best. Finally, the wind chill temperature is the "feel-like"
temperature denoting the combined effect of wind and temperature on
people and animals. Wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss
from exposed skin. Wearing layers of clothing will help retain your
body heat and combat wind chill. Once wind chill temperatures drop
below -20 degrees fahrenheit, exposed flesh can freeze in 30 minutes
or less, causing frost bite.

Winter storms are deceptive killers because most deaths are
indirectly related to the storm. Examples are traffic accidents due
to icy roads, heart attacks while shoveling snow, fires, and Carbon
monoxide poisoning. The National Weather Service issues advisories,
watches, and warnings to help you prepare for upcoming winter
weather and take appropriate action to protect yourself and your
property.


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Alaska - Wind Chill Advisory
Arkansas - Lake Wind Advisory
California - Lake Wind Advisory , Special Statement
Colorado - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Connecticut - Winter Weather Advisory
Florida - Flood Warning , Coastal Hazard Statement
Idaho - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Avalanche Warning , Record Report
Illinois - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Indiana - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Special Statement
Iowa - Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Lake Wind Advisory
Maine - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory
Maryland - Freezing Rain Advisory , Public Information Statement
Massachusetts - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Michigan - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Special Statement
Minnesota - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Montana - Winter Weather Advisory , Wind Chill Advisory , Winter Storm Watch , Dense Fog Advisory , Special Statement
Nebraska - Flood Advisory
Nevada - Lake Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
New Hampshire - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory
New Jersey - Winter Weather Advisory
New Mexico - Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning
New York - Winter Weather Advisory , Lake Effect Snow Advisory, Winter Weather Advisory , Lake Effect Snow Warning, Winter Weather Advisory , Public Information Statement
North Carolina - Freeze Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Ohio - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Oregon - Winter Weather Advisory , Dense Fog Advisory , Record Report
Pennsylvania - Winter Weather Advisory , Freezing Rain Advisory , Public Information Statement
Rhode Island - Winter Weather Advisory
South Dakota - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Texas - Flood Warning , Coastal Flood Statement , Lake Wind Advisory , Record Report
Utah - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Avalanche Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Vermont - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Virginia - Freezing Rain Advisory , Record Report
Washington - Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Record Report
West Virginia - Freezing Rain Advisory , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Wisconsin - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
Wyoming - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Special Statement , Record Report , Public Information Statement
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