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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
635 AM EST WED DEC 3 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS CONTINUES...

SNOW IS SOMETHING MIDLAND AND CSRA RESIDENTS RARELY SEE.  BUT LAST 
YEAR WE HAD ONE OF THOSE RARE EVENTS.

CLIMATOLOGICALLY...THESE AREAS AVERAGE AROUND 1 INCH OF SNOW A 
YEAR.  HOWEVER...THERE AREA TIMES WHEN WINTER STORM SYSTEMS WILL 
IMPACT THE AREA AND BRING HEAVY SNOW...SLEET...AND OR FREEZING RAIN 
WITH THEM.

HEAVY SNOW CAN IMMOBILIZE A REGION AND PARALYZE TRANSPORTATION AND 
AT TIMES EVEN HALT THE FLOW OF SUPPLIES.  ACCUMULATIONS OF HEAVY WET 
SNOW CAN BRING DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES CAUSING POWER OUTAGES FOR 
SEVERAL DAYS.  THIS CAN HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE LOCAL 
ECONOMY. 

FORTUNATELY OR OUR AREA WE RARELY SEE THESE CONDITIONS.  BUT MANY 
RESIDENTS ARE NOT USED TO DRIVING IN SNOW AT ALL.  EVEN AN INCH OF 
SNOW CAN CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS IN THE MIDLANDS AND 
CSRA.  WHEN SNOW IS FORECAST BE SURE TO DO ANY NECESSARY TRAVELING 
BEFORE THE EVENT BEGINS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE A SNOW ADVISORY WHEN AROUND 
AN INCH OR LESS OF SNOW IS EXPECTED.  A WINTER STORM WARNING WILL BE 
ISSUED WHEN WE EXPECT AN AVERAGE OF 2 INCHES OF SNOW IN 12 HOURS OR 
AN AVERAGE OF 3 INCHES OF SNOW IN 24 HOURS.







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