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Winter Weather Advisory Defined

UPDATED January 20, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Joe Bartosik

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A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when a weather system causes two or more of the following winter weather events: snow, sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, and blowing snow. Criteria amounts vary significantly from region to region. As a result, you should pay close attention to statements issued by your local National Weather Service office. Generally speaking, however, conditions will likely cause only an inconvenience to travel, rather than become a threat to life and/or property, so long as caution is exercised.

Other tips to consider:

  • Allow plenty of travel time to reach your destination.
  • Allow extra braking distance between you and the person ahead of you.
  • Keep a winter weather emergency kit in your car that includes a first aid kit, flashlight, blankets and clothing.
  • Be very careful when shoveling snow, especially if you have a history of heart trouble. Bend at the knees when lifting, but try to push the snow out of the way as you shovel, instead of lifting it all at once.

Source: National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency

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