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GOVERNOR GEORGE V. VOINOVICH HAS DESIGNATED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9TH THROUGH THE 15TH AS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. WINTER WEATHER IN THE OHIO VALLEY CAN OFTEN BE DANGEROUS...AND EVEN LIFE-THREATENING AT TIMES. THE PURPOSE OF WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IS TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WHEN THREATENED BY ADVERSE WINTER WEATHER.

THIS PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT IS THE FOURTH IN A SERIES OF 7 TO BE SENT OUT EACH DAY THIS WEEK CONCERNING WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS. IT IS ADVISED THAT THE MEDIA AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICALS RECEIVING THIS INFORMATION USE IT TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN RELEASES AND STORIES ON WINTER WEATHER. THESE STATEMENTS SHOULD BE SAVED AND REFERRED TO WHEN WINTER WEATHER THREATENS OUR AREA.

...TODAYS TOPIC : NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PRODUCTS AND DEFINITIONS...

    Some definitions of the Products we issue:

  • WINTER STORM OUTLOOK - A WINTER STORM OUTLOOK MAY BE ISSUED WHEN THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE OF A MAJOR WINTER STORM BEYOND THE POINT NORMALLY COVERED BY A WATCH. AN OUTLOOK MAY BE ISSUED 2 TO 5 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF AN EXPECTED WINTER STORM TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THOSE WHO NEED CONSIDERABLE LEAD TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE EVENT.
  • WINTER STORM WATCH - A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ONE OR A COMBINATION OF THE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS: BLIZZARD CONDITIONS, HEAVY SNOW, OR SIGNIFICANT AND DAMAGING ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET. A WATCH USUALLY GIVES 12 TO 36 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE ONSET OF WINTER WEATHER.
  • WINTER STORM WARNING - A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN HEAVY SNOW...OR A MIXTURE OF HEAVY SNOW...FREEZING RAIN...FREEZING DRIZZLE OR SLEET IS OCCURRING...IS IMMINENT...OR IS VERY LIKELY.
  • HEAVY SNOW WARNING - A SNOWFALL OF AT LEAST 4 INCHES IN ABOUT 12 HOURS. UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS...HEAVY SNOW MAY BE INCLUDED IN WINTER STORM WARNINGS. THE CRITERIA FOR HEAVY SNOW IS A LITTLE HIGHER IN WEST CENTRAL OHIO. AT LEAST 6 INCHES OF SNOW IS REQUIRED IN AROUND 12 HOURS.
  • BLIZZARD WARNING - SUSTAINED WINDS OR FREQUENT GUSTS OF 35 MPH OR GREATER AND CONSIDERABLE FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW FREQUENTLY REDUCING THE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE-QUARTER OF A MILE. SUCH CONDITIONS MUST LAST FOR A PERIOD OF 3 HOURS OR MORE IN ORDER FOR THE STORM TO BE CLASSIFIED AS A BLIZZARD.
  • HIGH WIND WARNING - SUSTAINED WINDS AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS AT LEAST 58 MPH. THESE WINDS MUST LAST FOR AT LEAST ONE HOUR.
  • WIND CHILL WARNING - A WIND CHILL WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN WIND CHILLS ARE EXPECTED TO BE 35 DEGREES BELOW ZERO OR COLDER.
  • ICE STORM WARNING - AN ICE STORM WARNING MAY BE ISSUED INSTEAD OF A WINTER STORM WARNING WHEN THE ONLY WINTER WEATHER EVENT EXPECTED IS SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATION FROM FREEZING RAIN.

WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED FOR WINTER WEATHER EVENTS THAT ARE HAZARDOUS BUT NOT SEVERE ENOUGH TO WARRANT A WARNING. THE FOLLOWING ARE TYPES OF ADVISORIES ISSUED:

SNOW ADVISORY - A SNOW ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN 2 OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED WITHIN 12 HOURS. THE CRITERIA IS HIGHER IN WEST CENTRAL OHIO...WHERE 4 OR MORE INCHES ARE NEEDED WITHIN 12 HOURS.

FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY - ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED FOR ACCUMULATIONS OF LESS THAN ONE QUARTER INCH...WHICH MAKE ROADS AND SIDEWALKS HAZARDOUS.

WIND CHILL ADVISORY - A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR WIND CHILLS BETWEEN -20 AND -34.

DENSE FOG ADVISORY - DENSE FOG ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED WHEN FOG RESTRICTS THE VISIBILITY TO ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS OVER A WIDESPREAD AREA.

BLOWING AND/OR DRIFTING SNOW ADVISORY - ISSUED WHEN BLOWING SNOW INTERMITTENTLY REDUCES VISIBILITIES TO ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS... AND DRIFTING SNOW ON ROADS AND SIDEWALKS MAKES TRAVEL HAZARDOUS.

WIND ADVISORY - WIND ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 39 MPH ARE EXPECTED FOR ONE HOUR OR MORE...OR WIND GUSTS OF 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED FOR ANY DURATION. THESE ADVISORIES ARE FOR WINDS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS.

THURSDAY'S SUBJECT WILL BE EL NIÑO YEARS AND OHIO'S WINTER WEATHER.