Section 2: Advisories and Warnings

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The National Weather Service (NWS) is a good source for regional and national information of approaching adverse conditions. The NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public and the global community. The NWS system of advisories and warnings can be useful.

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  1. Warning: A weather condition that is life threatening to those caught outdoors
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  3. Advisory: A weather condition that is an inconvenience to people outdoors or can produce difficulty in travel
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  5. Winter Storm Watch:
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  7. Winter Storm Warning
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    • issued when life threatening winter weather conditions are imminent or very likely
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    • includes the occurrence of combinations of snow, ice, wind and cold.
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  9. Blizzard Warning
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  11. Winter Weather Advisory Issued for sleet, snow, freezing drizzle/rain or blowing snow
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