Snow Squall Warning: A short fused warning product (normally 30-60 minutes) used to warn of an intense, short-lived burst of heavy snowfall. This will be issued for a combination of quick reduction in visibilities (less than 1/4 mile), sudden whiteout conditions, and slick/hazardous roads.
Action: If you come across a snow squall with near white-out conditions on an interstate or other high-speed highway, proceed with caution and be prepared to make an emergency stop if you come across stalled traffic.
Lake Effect Snow: is produced during cooler atmospheric conditions when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warmer lake water. The lower layer of air, heated by the lake water, picks up water vapor from the lake and rises up through the colder air above to be deposited as snow on opposite shoreline downwind of warm water.
Lake Effect Snow Watch: Conditions are favorable for a lake effect snow event to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulation to seven or more inches in 12 hours or less.
Lake Effect Snow Warning: A lake effect snow event is expected to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulation to seven or more inches in 12 hours or less.
Wind Chill Advisory: Dangerous wind chills of 15 to 24 below zero.
Wind Chill Warning: Life-threatening wind chills of 25 to 30 below zero or colder.
Action: If you are in an area with a wind chill warning, avoid going outside during the coldest parts of the day. If you do go outside, dress in layers, cover exposed skin, and make sure at least one other person knows your whereabouts. Update them when you arrive safely at your destination.
Bring pets indoors.
Pay attention to WDIO weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Listen for emergency information and alerts.