While snow is beautiful, blizzards are not so much fun. But do you know the difference between a
winter storm and a blizzard? There are multiple terms that the weather service uses to describe and
warn everyone about winter storms. We want you to stay safe in your new house from Turnkey Homes
this winter. Here is a condensed list of winter storm terms and information that we hope will be helpful
to you as you learn to handle the Wisconsin winters.


When winter storms approach, you will likely hear multiple terms to describe and warn you about
what’s coming. It’s important to know the meaning of each term.

Storm Watch
A Winter Storm Watch is issued when there is a potential for a winter storm to affect the region during
the next one to three days. It does not always mean the area will be hit by a winter storm because there
is still some uncertainty about the exact path or timing of the event. Use this time to plan and gather
supplies in case the storm watch is elevated to the next level.

Storm Warning
Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued when dangerous winter weather is expected, imminent, or
occurring. Criteria include snowfalls of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, 8 inches in 24 hours, or lower
amounts if accompanied by strong winds or a combination of dangerous winter elements.

Blizzard Warning
Blizzard Warnings are issued when snow or blowing snow lowers visibility to a 1/4 mile or less, wind
gusts hit 35 mph or higher, and the storm lasts for 3 hours or more.
The National Weather Service lists several more warnings, advisories, and outlooks that can be issued.
For detailed information on these and the ones listed above, visit www.weather.gov/grb/winterprep.


While you are safe at home during a winter storm, it may be fun to venture outside in the snow. But be
aware of a few bodily injuries that can occur very quickly. If you go outside during harsh conditions, be
sure to bundle up, cover up, and limit your time in the elements. Here are a few more things to know about Winter storm safety in your Wisconsin home.

Frostbite is a severe reaction to cold exposure that can cause permanent damage. Symptoms include a
loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in fingers, toes, nose, and ear lobes. Keep fingers and
parts of your face (ears and nose) well covered in extremely cold weather.

Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95 degrees
Fahrenheit. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, slow speech, memory lapses, frequent
stumbling, drowsiness, and exhaustion.

can occur when the skin is exposed to cold windy air that damages the top layer of your skin.
It often causes redness and burning pain, much like a sunburn. Even just a few minutes without gloves in
harsh windy conditions can cause windburn that may take several days or weeks to heal.


We hope you found the information in this article helpful as you weather the colder months in
Wisconsin. Check out our blog for other helpful articles posted each month. Turnkey Homes LLC is a
custom home builder and remodeler in the Appleton-Green Bay area. Learn more about us and our
services at turnkeyhomesllc.com or reach us by phone at (920) 470-4315.