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Arkansas’ Winter Weather Awareness Week is Dec. 1-6

Winter can bring a variety of hazardous weather conditions to the Natural State, including heavy snow, ice, and cold temperatures. These conditions can make driving conditions hazardous, with power outages occurring at times. In the end, you may become exposed to the elements…with your life threatened.

To help Arkansans prepare for these conditions, a special week has been set to review safety rules and to better understand the hazards of winter. This year, Winter Weather Awareness Week runs from December 1 – 6, 2019.

For our Winter Weather Awareness Week, the following safety topics will be highlighted:

Sunday: Introduction to Winter Weather Awareness Week – Introduces the #WinterPrep week ahead.

Monday: Outlook for the Upcoming Winter — Provides a general outlook for the temperature and precipitation expectations expected from December – February across Arkansas this winter season.

Tuesday: Winter Precipitation Types — Highlights the different types of wintry precipitation that are possible across the state and what weather conditions typically cause these different types of wintry weather.

Wednesday: Winter Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories — We will describe what the National Weather Service means when we issue winter weather watches, warnings, and advisories this winter. We will also be introducing a new warning, the “Snow Squall Warning”, which will be rarely issued, but is new for 2019.

Thursday: Winter Weather Safety Rules — We’ll talk about what you can do to prepare for winter storms, and offer tips and strategies to help keep you and your family safe at home or if you’re travelling across Arkansas this winter.

Friday: The Cold of Winter — We’ll be talking more about winter weather safety… but focusing strictly on cold weather versus staying safe in times of frozen precipitation. Even without snow and ice, cold air temperatures can lead to exposure dangers if you’re not properly prepared to be outdoors.

For more information, please visit: http://www.weather.gov/LZK/win1a.htm.

The Time to Prepare is NOW!!

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