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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:30 AM EST on December 08, 2016


... Winter weather awareness week continues...

Freezing rain is one of the more common winter weather phenomena we
experience in the midlands and central Savannah River area. It is
actually more treacherous and life threatening than snow. Why?
Because freezing rain adds more weight to objects it falls on and
often causes trees and power lines to come down. A major event could
leave people without power and heat for a considerable period of
time.

Freezing rain occurs when there is a layer of warm air above
colder air at the surface. When the temperature at the surface is at
or below 32 degrees fahrenheit and the depth of the cold air is
shallow, rain falling into it from the warm layer above freezes on
contact. Ice accumulation of even an eight of an inch can cause very
hazardous driving conditions as the ice is difficult to see on the
roadways.

An Ice Storm Warning is issued when a quarter of an inch of ice or
more is expected. A Freezing Rain Advisory is issued when less than
a quarter of an inch of ice is expected.

Sleet develops in a similar situation with warm air above cold air
at the surface. The only difference is that the depth of the cold
air is greater so the rain has more time to freeze into ice pellets
or sleet before it reaches the ground.

Tomorrow we will discuss wind chill, frostbite and hypothermia.


Weather Severe Map
Alabama - Freeze Watch
Alaska - High Wind Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Blizzard Warning , Public Information Statement
Arkansas - Flood Warning , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
California - Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Ice Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory
Colorado - Winter Weather Advisory , Wind Chill Advisory , Wind Chill Warning , Public Information Statement
Florida - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Freeze Watch
Georgia - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Hawaii - Flash Flood Watch
Idaho - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Indiana - Winter Weather Advisory
Kansas - Wind Chill Advisory , Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Wind Advisory , Freeze Warning , Freeze Warning, Wind Advisory
Maryland - Coastal Flood Advisory
Michigan - Lake Effect Snow Advisory , Lake Effect Snow Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Minnesota - Special Statement , Record Report
Montana - Winter Weather Advisory , Wind Chill Advisory , Winter Storm Watch
Nebraska - Wind Chill Advisory , Public Information Statement
Nevada - Lake Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory
New Mexico - Winter Weather Advisory
New York - Lake Effect Snow Warning , Lake Effect Snow Advisory , Public Information Statement
North Dakota - Wind Chill Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Special Statement
Ohio - Lake Effect Snow Watch , Lake Effect Snow Warning
Oregon - Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Record Report
Pennsylvania - Lake Effect Snow Advisory , Lake Effect Snow Warning
Puerto Rico - Coastal Hazard Statement
South Carolina - Public Information Statement
South Dakota - Wind Chill Advisory
Texas - Flood Warning , High Wind Warning , Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Freeze Warning , Freeze Warning, Wind Advisory , Special Statement , Hard Freeze Warning
Utah - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Virgin Islands - Coastal Hazard Statement
Washington - Wind Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Record Report
Wisconsin - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Lake Effect Snow Advisory , Lake Effect Snow Warning , Special Statement , Record Report
Wyoming - High Wind Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Wind Chill Advisory , Wind Chill Warning , Winter Weather Advisory, Wind Chill Warning , Record Report , Public Information Statement
- Small Craft Advisory

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