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Blizzard Watch Defined
February 6, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologists

A Blizzard Watch is issued when a major winter storm is forecast, generally within 36 hours, which may lead to considerable falling and/or blowing snow and wind gusts of 35 mph or greater, potentially reducing visibility to one-quarter of a mile or less for a period of at least 3 hours. Temperatures do not have to be below a certain threshold, but below freezing temperatures and 35 mph wind gusts will create below zero wind chill values.
Additional tips:
  • Keeping enough ready-to-eat food, water and heating fuel on-hand to get you by for at least 3-days.
  • Having available a flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries.
  • Keeping your vehicle`s fuel tank half full or greater at all times.
  • Having a cold weather emergency kit in your car that includes blankets and clothing.
  • Dressing in layers and watching for signs of frostbite.

Source: National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency
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