What Is The Difference Between A Winter Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory?

Know the terms used by the National Weather Service and what they mean.  Winter Weather Advisory for Cerro Gordo, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Floyd, Mitchell and Kossuth Counties…Winter Storm Warning for Franklin, Butler, Wright and Humboldt Counties.

Winter Weather Advisory When any of the following criteria is expected to occur:1. Snow: Between 3 and 5 inches in 12 hours2. Sleet: Less than 1/2 inch in the next 24 hours

3. Freezing Rain/Drizzle: Less than 1/4 of an inch

3. Blowing Snow: Visibility occasionally reduced
to 1/4 of a mile due to blowing snow with winds
less than 35 mph.

On the Road: Unplowed/less traveled roads may be slick, so drive with caution. If blowing snow is occurring, drive at a safe speed and leave plenty of space between you and other drivers.At Home: Make sure you have the proper snow removing equipment to clear your sidewalks and driveways.
Winter Storm
Warning
When any of the following criteria is expected to occur:1. Snow: At least 6 inches or more in 12 hours or
at least 8 inches in 24 hours2. Sleet: 1/2 inch or more

3. A combination of 1 and/or 2, along with freezing
rain and/or winds of at least 25 mph.

On the Road: Seriously consider postponing any non-essential driving. If you must drive, carry a winter survival kit in your car and be prepared for delays.At Home: Make sure you have the proper snow removing equipment to clear your sidewalks and driveways. If an exceptionally high amount of snow is forecast, be prepared to remain at home for a day or two.

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