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Winter Weather Awareness Day is November 9, 2010
The National Weather Service in conjunction with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency has declared November 9, 2010 as Winter Weather Awareness Day in Iowa.
Each winter, winter returns to Iowa and produces winter storms, blizzards, ice storms and periods of extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills. Extreme winter weather disrupts transportation, commerce, education and it can be life threatening. Winter Weather Day is intended to remind Iowans about the dangers of extreme winter weather and how to prepare for it.
What to listen for:
- Winter Weather Advisory: Accumulations of snow, freezing rain and/or sleet which may cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations are expected.
- Winter Storm Watch: Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 12 to 48 hours.
- Winter Storm Warning: Issued when hazardous winter weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain and/or heavy sleet is occurring or expected to occur within the next 36 hours.
- Wind Chill Advisory: Wind chill values between -20 degrees Fahrenheit and -29 degrees Fahrenheit are expected to occur in the next 36 hours.
- Wind Chill Watch: Wind chill values of -30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower are possible within the next 12 to 48 hours.
- Wind Chill Warning: Wind chill values of -30 degrees Fahrenheit or lower are expected to occur within the next 36 hours.
- Freezing Rain Advisory: Accrual of less than 1/4 inch of ice is expected due to freezing rain within the next 36 hours.
- Ice Storm Warning: Accrual of 1/4 to one inch or more of ice is expected due to freezing rain within the next 36 hours.