When the change of seasons increases the risk of death, injury and property damage, the National Weather Service amps up public education. Winter is one such season, and today is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Nebraska.
According to the National Weather Service, adult men are the people most likely to suffer winter-weather related injuries.
About 20 percent of all temperature-related winter injuries occur at home, while vehicle accidents account for about 70 percent of ice- or snow-related injuries.
National Weather Service forecasts for approaching bad weather fall into four broad categories. Here they are, from least to most serious:
— Hazardous Weather Outlook. Issued if significant weather is expected in the coming week.
— Advisory. Approaching weather system could significantly inconvenience people, and if the individuals aren't careful, they could find themselves in life-threatening situations.
— Watch. A storm has the potential to threaten life and property, but the timing and location is not yet clear. A watch usually is issued as a storm system approaches, about 12 to 48 hours in advance.
— Warning. The threat to life or property is clear and has become imminent. Warnings usually are issued two to 24 hours in advance.
Advisories and watches typically are issued for large areas, while warnings tend to be more narrowly targeted.
Source: National Weather Service