Emergency Procedures: Winter Weather
- Winter storm watch - Issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is possible in the area.
- Winter storm warning - Issued by the National Weather Service when a winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in the area.
- Freezing rain - Rain that freezes upon hitting the ground by creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees, and power lines.
- Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet can create moisture on the roads that freezes, becoming slippery.
- Frost/Freeze warning - Issued by the National Weather Service when below freezing temperatures are expected in the area.
- Monitor local news media for weather reports and emergency information
- Look to the University website, www.sc.edu, for class cancellations/University closings
- Stay clear of dropped or sagging power lines
- Avoid areas with many trees; snow or ice may cause tree limbs to fall
- Stay inside if possible
- Use extreme caution when walking outside or driving
- If you must travel:
- Travel during the day
- Stay on main roads; avoid back-road shortcuts
- Carry emergency supplies or kits
- Dress warmly to prevent frostbite or hypothermia