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What's the difference between a winter storm watch and a warning?

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Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. Even areas that normally experience mild winters can be hit with a major snowstorm or extreme cold. Winter storms can result in flooding, storm surge, closed highways, blocked roads, downed power lines and hypothermia.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a list of terms to help identify a winter storm hazard.

General information on extreme cold hazards and winter storms is available at the following web pages:

You may also wish to view the wind chill index or information on what to do if you become trapped in a vehicle during a winter storm.

In addition, the following publications provide information on winter storms and cold hazards:

Finally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides winter tips for reducing waste, energy and more.

By USA.gov team


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