... Winter weather awareness week across South Carolina and winter weather
preparedness week across Georgia...
Today through Saturday December 5 is winter weather awareness week
across South Carolina... and today through Friday December 4 is winter weather preparedness week across Georgia.
Today we will review the National Weather Service winter weather
watch... warning and advisory program. The National Weather Service
strives to issue outlooks... watches... warnings and advisories in
advance of a winter storm to afford you ample preparation time.
Several days in advance of a significant winter storm or cold
weather outbreak... we will highlight the threat within our hazardous
weather outlook product. We Reserve these outlooks for future events
which have at least a 30 percent chance to produce hazardous
When the probability of a significant winter weather event becomes
at least 50 percent within the next few days... we will issue a
Winter Storm Watch for the appropriate counties. A watch means that
conditions are becoming favorable for a significant event and that
your should prepare to implement your winter weather preparedness
When the probability of a hazardous winter weather event increases
to 80 percent or greater... usually within the next day or two... we
will issue a Winter Storm Warning or a Winter Weather Advisory.
We will then continue to provide updated information through the
duration of the storm.
A Winter Storm Warning means that a winter weather event will
threaten lives and property. When appropriate the National Weather
Service will issue warnings for specific hazards. Examples include
ice storm warnings... wind chill warnings and blizzard warnings. At
other times... the National Weather Service will issue winter storm
warnings for heavy snow... heavy sleet or for any combination of
significant freezing and frozen precipitation and dangerous wind
chills. Regardless of the type of warning issued for your location...
you should implement your winter weather preparedness plan and get
ready for dangerous winter weather.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that winter precipitation or cold
temperatures will produce hazardous conditions and significant
inconvenience but will not endanger life and property. Examples
include wind chill advisories... freezing rain advisories and winter
weather advisories for any combination of freezing and frozen
precipitation and low wind chills.
Your response to National Weather Service outlooks... watches... warnings
and advisories dictates the Success of our services. Friday... we
will briefly discuss winter weather preparedness plans.
Check out additional severe weather awareness week information on
our web Page at www.Weather.Gov/chs/... as well on facebook at
www.Facebook.Com/US.Nationalweatherservice.Charlestonsc.Gov. You can
also follow @nwscharlestonsc on twitter.
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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:00 am EST on November 30, 2015