Weather warnings in the winter tell you what to expect and what to do.
Knowing what your weather report is trying to help you avoid is important. The following are warnings that can be put out during the winter in Central Illinois. So when you’re keeping an eye on the weather channel or the online weather broadcasting, remember these terms.
Wind Chill Advisory: Wind chills of -15° to -24° expected. These winds could be dangerous.
Wind Chill Warning: Wind chills of -25° or colder are expected and can be life-threatening.
Ice Storm Warning: Dangerous accumulations of ice will appear. They will likely result in power outages, tree damage, and unsafe driving conditions.
Heavy Snow Warning: Snow accumulations of 6+ inches. Watch for hazardous travel conditions.
Winter Weather Advisory: Cold, ice, and/or 2 - 5 inches of snow are expected.
Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter weather, such as heavy snow or ice, is possible within the next day or two.
Winter Storm Warning: Severe ice and/or 6+ inches of snow are going to start soon/now.
Blizzard Warning: Expect heavy snow, strong winds, blinding snow, near-zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening travel conditions.
When these warnings are sent out, it is important to get to cover and prepare to stay indoors for as long as is necessary. You can replace cars, you can repair your home, but your life isn’t worth risking.
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