Here in Nebraska it can get cold, really cold. If you venture out in the cold then you need to dress appropriately.
 
Some terms to know:
 
Wind Chill: What happens to the body when it is cold and windy outside. As the wind increases heat is carried away from the body at a faster rate, driving down skin and body temperature. Warning and advisories for wind chill are set locally. As a general rule the threshold for dangerous wind-chill conditions is about -20°F.
 
Wind Chill Advisory/Warning: Issued by the National Weather Service when the wind chill could be life threatening if action is not taken. (Criteria varies from State to State)
 
Winter Weather Advisory: Issued by the National Weather Service when a low pressure system produces a combination of winter weather (snow, freezing rain, sleet etc) that presents a hazard but does not meet warning criteria.
 
Winter Storm Watch: Issued by the National Weather Service when there is a potential for heavy snow or significant ice accumulations, usually 24-36 hours in advance. (Criteria varies from place to place)
 
 
Winter Storm Warning: Issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is producing or is forecast to produce heavy snow or significant ice accumulations. (Criteria varies from place to place)
 
Ice Storm Warning: Issued by the National Weather Service when freezing rain produces a significant and possibly damaging accumulation of ice. Typically issued when accumulation of ¼" or more is expected.
 
Snow Advisory: Issued by the National Weather Service when snow could cause significant inconvenience but does not meet warning criteria. (Criteria varies from place to place)
 
Blizzard Warning: Issued for winter storms with sustained or frequent winds of 35 mph of higher with falling or blowing snow reducing visibility to ¼ mile or less for a minimum of 3 hours. Very dangerous conditions to be walking or driving.
(Source: NOAA)
 
 
IMPORTANT:
Wind chill temperatures are only defined for temperatures of 50°F and below, and wind speeds above 3 mph. Bright sunshine may increase the wind chill by 10 to 18° Fahrenheit.
  
What you can do.
Be aware of the weather before you plan an activity, recognize and respond to signs of trouble. Stay warm and dry indoors, wear several layers of clothes, hat and gloves if venturing outdoors, remove excess clothing if you start to sweat. Keep out of the wind. Avoid exertion.
  
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=uex
– National Weather Service Radar based in Hastings Nebraska
 
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp
- Advice from the CDC regarding preparing for extreme cold weather
 
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
- Information from NOAA on predictions for temperature and precipitation.
 
 

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