ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- The National Weather Service uses specific winter weather terms to ensure that people know what to expect as temperatures drop.

A Winter Storm Watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area, but its occurrence, location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of the possibility of severe winter weather. A winter storm watch is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set plans in motion can do so.

A watch is upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet is expected in the next 12 hours, six or more inches in 24 hours or a quarter inch or more of ice accretion is expected.

Winter Weather Advisories inform you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, advisory situations should not become life-threatening.

A Blizzard Warning means that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts and life-threatening wind chill. Be sure to listen carefully to the radio, television, and NOAA Weather Radio for the latest winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories.

If Depot Commander Col. Brent Bolander determines there should be a change in work schedules due to road conditions, both on and off depot, the media will be notified.

Employees are advised to listen to local area radio and television stations for the latest information on the depot's operational status.

Please, do not call radio or TV stations or the depot's emergency operations center or radio room, as this will further delay the appropriate information being transmitted.

The depot's internal radio station -- AM 1610 -- will carry updated situational messages. However, this station has a limited broadcast radius of three miles. Additionally, employees may call 256-235-SNOW (7669) for the latest operational status of the depot.

Local area radio and TV stations that will be requested to provide information to their listeners/viewers on the depot's status are: Radio Stations: WCKS -- AM 810/94.3 FM, WDNG AM 1490, WGRW -- 90.7 FM, WTDR -- 92.7 FM, WMJJ -- 96.5 FM, WVOK -- 97.9 FM, WDXB -- 102.5 FM and WZZK -- 104.7 FM; TV Stations: WJSU -- ABC 33-40, WBRC -- Fox 6, WIAT -- CBS 42 and WVTM -- NBC 13; Newspapers: The Anniston Star online at

For the installation's operational status, click "Depot Status" on the right side of the depot homepage.