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Winter Weather Advisory

Statement as of 4:50 AM EST on March 05, 2015

Expires 7:00 PM EST on March 05, 2015


... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 7 PM EST this
evening...

* locations... Roanoke and New River valley... southwest to the
North Carolina mountains... and mountain Empire of southwest
Virginia.

* Hazard types... freezing rain... sleet and snow.

* Accumulations... snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 4
inches... along with up to two tenths inch of ice.

* Timing... rain will change to freezing rain and sleet between 4am
and 1pm. Freezing rain and sleet will change to snow between
noon and 5pm.

* Impacts... snow... sleet and freezing rain will result in hazardous
travel conditions.

* Winds... northwest 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

* Temperatures... falling into the lower 20s to lower 30s by late
afternoon.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow... sleet... or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while
driving.

The public is encouraged to report snow... sleet or ice amounts to
the National Weather Service via email at rnk.Skywarn@noaa.Gov or
at phone number 1... 8 6 6... 2 1 5... 4 3 2 4.For additional
weather information... visit US on the web at
http://www.Erh.NOAA.Gov or at http://weather.Gov.

Reports are also welcome on our facebook Page or twitter feed
@nwsblacksburg.





Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:00 AM EST on March 05, 2015


Severe weather preparedness week in North Carolina is March 1-7, 2015

Today's topic: lightning safety

Each year in the United States... more than 400 people are struck by
lightning. On average... between 55 and 60 people are killed;
hundreds of others suffer permanent neurological disabilities. Most
of these tragedies can be avoided with a few simple precautions.
When thunderstorms threaten... get to a safe place. Lightning safety
is an inconvenience that can save your life.

The National oceanic and atmospheric administration (noaa) collects
information on weather-related deaths to learn how to prevent these
tragedies. Many lightning victims say they were "caught" outside in
the storm and couldn't get to a safe place. With proper
planning... these tragedies could have been prevented. Other victims
waited too long before seeking shelter. By heading to a safe place 5
to 10 minutes sooner... they could have avoided being struck by
lightning. Some people were struck because they went back outside
too soon. Stay inside a safe building or vehicle for at least 30
minutes after you hear the last thunder clap. Finally... some victims
were struck inside homes or buildings while they were using
electrical equipment or corded phones. Others were in contact with
plumbing... a metal door or a window frame. Avoid contact with these
electrical conductors when a thunderstorm is nearby.

All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. Lightning
often strikes outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far
as 10 miles from any rainfall. Many lightning deaths occur ahead of
storms or after storms have seemingly passed. Keep this simple fact
in mind: if you can hear thunder... you are in danger. Also... don't
be fooled by blue skies. There is no such thing as "heat lightning."
All lightning comes as a result of a thunderstorm... and if you hear
thunder... lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat to
you.

The following lightning safety tips could one day save your life:

1. No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!

2. If you hear thunder... lightning is close enough to strike you.

3. When you hear thunder... immediately move to safe shelter. A safe
shelter is an enclosed substantial building with electricity or
plumbing... such as a home... office
building... school... restaurant... or a store. Sheds... tents... picnic
pavilions... porches... and Ball-field dugouts do not offer any
lightning protection whatsoever and may actually increase your
danger of being struck.

4. If no substantial building is available for shelter... enclosed
metal-topped vehicles offer protection from lightning... but make
sure the windows are in the up position.

5. Stay in your safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the
last sound of thunder.

6. When indoors... stay off corded phones... computers and other
electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with
electricity. Avoid plumbing... including sinks... baths and faucets.
Stay away from windows and doors... and stay off porches. Do not lie
on Concrete floors... and do not lean against Concrete walls.

7. If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere
nearby... the following actions may reduce your risk:

8. Immediately get off elevated areas such as Hills... Mountain
ridges... or peaks

9. Never lie flat on the ground

10. Never shelter under an isolated tree.

11. Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter

12. Immediately get out and away from ponds... lakes and other
bodies of water.

13. Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire
fences... power lines... windmills... etc.)

The most effective lightning safety action can be found in avoiding
the lightning threat altogether. Have a lightning safety plan. If
you have outdoor plans... know where you'll go for safety and how
much time it will take to get there. Make sure your plan allows
enough time to reach safety. Before going outdoors... check the
forecast for thunderstorms. If thunderstorms are in the
forecast... consider postponing activities to avoid being caught in a
dangerous situation.

Finally... when outdoors... monitor the weather and be sure to look
for signs of a developing thunderstorm such as darkening
skies... flashes of lightning... or increasing wind. If you hear
thunder... even a distant rumble... immediately activate your
lightning safety plan and move to a safe place.

For more information about safety, please visit
http://www.Lightningsafety.NOAA.Gov.

Be sure to take some time this week to learn more about severe
weather safety. Learning and practicing severe weather safety when
the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the
weather turns bad. You can learn more about severe weather safety
by visiting the North Carolina department of public safety
preparedness website at readync.Org. This web Page features an
abundance of information... and links to a free cell phone app... that
will help you plan and prepare for the severe weather season.


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