Winter Weather Awareness Week
December 5-9, 2005
Heavy snow can strand motorists...disrupting emergency and medical services. Accumulations of snow can cause roofs to collapse and knock down trees and power lines. In urban areas, the cost of snow removal, damage repair and lost business can have severe economic impacts.
A winter storm watch for heavy snow will be issued when conditions are favorable for heavy snow to develop over all or part of the forecast area, but the occurrence, location, or timing is still uncertain. Watches are issued when there is a 50 percent or greater chance of 2 or more inches of snow falling in a 12 hour period, or 4 or more inches in a 24 hour period, except in the mountain areas of Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Union, Towns, Dawson, Lumpkin and White counties. The criteria for the mountain counties is 3 inches or more of snow in a 12 hour period or 4 inches or more of snow in a 24 hour period. Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours in advance, and ideally all winter storm warnings for heavy snow are preceded by a winter storm watch for heavy snow.
A winter storm warning for heavy snow indicates that heavy snow conditions are occurring, imminent, or have a very high probability of occurring. Winter storm warning for heavy snow are issued when there is an 80 percent or greater chance of meeting heavy snow conditions. Winter Storm warnings are issued for weather that is expected in the next 12 to 36 hours.
To be prepared for heavy snow, you should have the following items:
A working flashlight, battery powered NOAA Weather Radio, battery operated radio, extra food, water and medicine, first aid supplies, emergency heating source, a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector. Be prepared to wear layers of clothing and stay tuned to your local television or radio for the latest information on the approaching storm.
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