Winter Weather Overview – November 4, 2019

Each day this week Emergency Management will be posting a
topic of the day. Starting today November 4, 2019. The topic in Winter Weather
Overview – ice storms, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, winter watches
warnings and wind chills.

Winter storms are formed in many ways. There are three key
components to winter storms

  • Cold Air
    for snow and ice to form, the temperature must be below freezing in the clouds
    and near the ground.
  • Moisture
    water evaporating from the bodies of water, such as large lake, is an excellent
    source of moisture.
  • Lift
    lift causes moisture to rise and form clouds and precipitation.

Warning and Alerts

Residence of Todd County should listen to their NOAA weather
radio, commercial radio and television for the latest winter storm warnings
watches and advisories. So what do outlooks, watches, warnings and advisories
for all winter weather hazards mean?

  • Outlook:
    winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2-5 days. Stay tuned to local
    media for updates.
  • Watch:
    winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36-48 hours. Prepare now!
  • Warning:
    life-threatening severe storm conditions have begun or will begin within 24
    hours. Act now.
  • Advisory:
    winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and
    may be hazardous. If you are cautious, these situations should not be
    life-threatening. Electronic equipment is available to receive weather
    information: NOAA weather radio, radio, television, and cell phone.

In Minnesota we deal with temperatures in the extreme cold range especially when temperatures are below zero and adding a little wind. Driving the wind chill effect down to dangerous levels for anyone exposed for very long periods of time. The best way to avoid any danger is to stay indoors. If you feel that you need to venture outdoors, make sure you take extra precautions and know how to spot signs of frostbite and hypothermia. To learn more about go to Cold-Weather Safety.

Heavy snow and ice are known to immobilize the region
stranding commuters, closing airports, stopping the flow of supplies and
disrupting emergency services and medical services. Accumulation of heavy snow
caused the roofs to collapse, knock down trees,  power lines, homes and farms may be isolated
for days and unprotected livestock may be lost. The cost of snow removal, repairing
damages, and the loss of business can have a severe economic impact on cities
and towns.